Research Fellow in Geochemistry

University of Brighton - School of Environment and Technology

We wish to appoint a geochemist to support an NERC funded project on the behaviour of the REE on mineral surfaces and as neo-formed minerals in weathering profiles. The post is part of the SoS:RARE project (Multidisciplinary research towards a secure and environmentally sustainable supply of critical rare earth elements), funded under the SoS:Minerals programme. 

You will have, or be near to completing, a PhD and have experience in analytical techniques, preferably including one or more of: solution ICP-MS, clay mineralogy (by XRD and IR and Raman spectroscopy), electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS). The successful candidate will work to define an experimental program including mineral-fluid partitioning, mineralogical characterisation, and development of X-ray photoelectron spectrometry for the analysis of metals on mineral surfaces on the NERC co-funded XPS-FOAM facility (X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer Focussed beam And Monochromator). They will also work with collaborators and PhD students on the ICP-MS analysis of rock and soil materials, experimental solutions and natural waters. 

The post is full time, for a fixed duration of 1 year. It will involve attendance at national and international meetingsk. Job sharers welcome.

Informal enquiries contact Dr Martin Smith (

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