Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Alkalinity University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Alkalinity

Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604- £38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a.

The principle task of this Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is to assess the response of the inorganic carbonate system in the ocean to increased alkalinity. The PDRA will work as part of a team at the University of Oxford, which is also considering the biological response to increased ocean alkalinity and modelling the global response of the carbon system. This team is contributing to a consortium project (the GGREW Consortium) involving three other UK universities to assess the potential and pitfalls for enhanced weathering as an approach to removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. This consortium is in turn part of a UK programme of research into Greenhouse Gas Removal funded by NERC, EPSRC, ESRC, and BEIS ( There will be many opportunities to interact with others in this programme within the duration of the post, and the results of the PDRA research will feed directly into the broader goals of this programme; to assess the suitability of various approaches to GGR.


The responsibilities of the PDRA are to grow carbonate minerals under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, conduct relevant geochemical measurements to constrain mineral growth rates, interact with those conducting similar research on biological systems, help insert findings into wider consortium goals, and publish and present results internationally.


The successful applicant will require a PhD in geosciences, oceanography, or a related discipline at the time of starting the post, experience in analytical geochemistry, experience in laboratory wet (geo)chemistry and good written and spoken communication skills in English.


For further details of the role please refer to the further particulars for the post.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 23 February 2018 will be considered. Interviews are due to take place on 12 March 2018.


Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. All candidates will be evaluated for employment without regard to gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability. The department holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award.


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Vacancy ID : 133163

Contact Phone : 01865 272000

Closing Date : 23-Feb-2018

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