Post Doc Research Assistant at Royal Holloway University of London

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May 4, 2011

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (3 year post)
Salary is £32,106 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London, are looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to work on the NERC funded Dust storm trajectories and Chinese loess sources over the last 22 million years project. A main aim of the project is to constrain the sources of the extensive late Cenozoic loess deposits in China, and link changes in these sources with changing influences on dust production and transport. The project utilises a multi-technique approach centred on established and novel single-grain heavy mineral geochechemical/geochronological analyses. The successful candidate will primarily be involved in research into heavy mineral assemblages, zircon U-Pb dating and imaging, and garnet geochemistry of late Cenozoic loess and red clay sequences on the Chinese Loess Plateau, as well as samples from surrounding desert systems. This will involve fieldwork and sampling programmes at the key sites in China, as well laboratory visits to Birkbeck College, University of London and the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at Keyworth. The successful candidate will also synthesise existing published single-grain geochemical/geochronological data from relevant areas, as well as literature on Asian palaeoclimate, tectonics and petrology. Such datasets will allow detailed assignment of Chinese loess sources and establishment of tectonic and climatic controls on past dust emissions and transport pathways. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with researchers at Royal Holloway and with colleagues from other institutions involved in the project.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Earth/Environmental/Geographical Sciences, good knowledge and skills in heavy mineral analysis and ideally in the application of different single-grain heavy mineral geochronological/geochemical techniques. Excellent communication, writing and reporting skills are essential, in order to facilitate engagement with the project team, collaborators and media outlets.

The post is for three years, beginning June 2011.

Informal enquiries to Dr Thomas Stevens, Tel: ++ 44 (0)1784 276468 or email:

Further details and an application form are available to download at or by contacting the Recruitment Team by email: or tel: 01784 414241.

Please quote the reference: X0411/6293.

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