Two Post-doctoral Research Positions in Geochronology

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June 9, 2011

The London Geochronology Centre (LGC) at Birkbeck and University College London is seeking to fill two post-doctoral research positions.

Five year position in noble gas geochronology
We are looking to fill a 5 year Research Assistant (RA) position funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The successful candidate will be in charge of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Nu Instruments Noblesse Noble Gas mass spectrometer at LGC and oversee the expansion of its existing extraction line with calibration tanks and a resistance furnace for the purpose of general noble gas geochemistry, with specific focus on argon and helium thermochronology. Beyond these tasks, the RA will be given full freedom to explore his/her own research ideas.

Three year position in U-Pb geochronology by LA-ICP-MS
We are looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (36 month position) to work on the NERC funded Dust storm trajectories and Chinese loess 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 geochemical/geochronological analyses. The successful candidate will primarily be involved in research into zircon U-Pb dating and imaging the sources of late Cenozoic loess and red clay sequences on the Chinese Loess Plateau, as well as samples from surrounding desert systems. This is a joint project between Birkbeck and Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), where a second Post-Doctoral Researcher will focus on the heavy mineral petrography and garnet geochemistry of the same samples. The project will involve fieldwork and sampling programs at the key sites in China, as well as laboratory visits to the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory at Keyworth.

The application deadline for both positions is July 1, 2011. Starting salaries will be £33,804 per annum, rising to £35,685 after three and £37,679 after five years, inclusive of London allowance.

For further information, please contact Pieter Vermeesch at p.vermeesch [at]

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