Research Associate in Fluid-Rock-Gas Geochemistry

University College London - UCL Earth Sciences

We seek three ambitious and self-motivated candidates in the area of fluid-rock-gas interaction and/or rock physics in the subsurface. The project is part of a larger EU Horizon 2020 project funded to study the identification and understanding of the potential environmental impacts and risks of engineering the subsurface for energy generation and waste storage.

The successful candidates will be responsible for characterizing the mineralogy, texture and fluid compositions of samples collected from the subsurface at a number of field sites across Europe, using a suite of analytical techniques including scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe and high resolution CT scanning to characterize 3D pore-networks.

The posts are funded by EU Horizon 2020 for one year in the first instance.

Candidates must have a BA/BSc and a PhD, or thesis submitted subject to examination, in a relevant branch of the physical sciences (preferably Earth Sciences). Experience in either (a) mineralogy and geochemistry, with experience in geochemical experimentation and modelling, or (b) experience in high pressure rock physics appropriate to the geology and subsurface at the field sites is essential.

Familiarity with mineral and fluid chemistry, and a basic understanding of fluid flow in porous materials at high pressures and temperatures is also essential.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 - £41,864 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL vacancy reference: 1697548

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Queries regarding this post should be directed to Professor Eric Oelkers ( e.oelkers@ucl.ac.uk ), Dr Adrian Jones ( adrian.jones@ucl.ac.uk ) or Dr Tom Mitchell ( tom.mitchell@ucl.ac.uk ).

Interview Date: TBC

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