Free open Job in Wales Research Associate in Palaeoceanography/Palaeoclimatology at Cardiff University

The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences. It currently has a staff of more than 40 academics and through its Post-graduate School provides training and a high level of support for over 60 Early-Stage Researchers.  The School’s Palaeoclimate and Climate Systems Research Group is a leading team investigating the causes and scales of climate variability and the sensitivity of marine and terrestrial environments to naturally occurring climatic perturbations during the recent (historical) and geologic past.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (RA) focused on the generation of high-resolution, quantitative, proxy reconstructions of past hydroclimatic and palaeoceanographic variability in the Mozambique Channel Region over the last ~7 million years. The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: carry-out innovative, high-resolution, quantitative proxy reconstruction of past hydroclimate and ocean variability (e.g. grain size and radiogenic isotopes); develop research techniques to critically interpret high-resolution, quantitative, proxy data; carry out detailed analysis of numerical model output; integrate and critically interpret proxy reconstructions and model simulations.

In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals; present papers at national and international meetings; contribute to the development of collaborative research grant and cruise proposals. The successful applicant will hold (or be about to complete) a Ph.D. in a relevant subject.

This position is full time (35 hours per week). The post is available from 1st November 2018 and is a fixed-term appointment for 1 year.

Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of School, Professor Ian Hall, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email:

Date Posted: Monday, 15 October 2018

Closing date:  Thursday, 1 November 2018

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.
It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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