Laboratory Technician (SWEET)

Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Science

Based in Milton Keynes

Temporary Contract until 30 April 2020

The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at The Open University has received funding on a major Large Grant awarded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The SWEET grant (Super-Warm Early Eocene Temperatures and climate: understanding the response of the Earth system to high CO2 through integrated modelling and data) will apply emerging techniques, and develop new methodologies and tools, to produce a detailed global dataset of surface ocean temperatures during the extreme greenhouse warmth of the early Eocene. Coupled with new and high-fidelity reconstructions of Eocene CO2 concentrations, and state-of-the-art maps of the ‘palaeogeography’ (continental positions, mountain ranges, ocean depths etc.), SWEET will use this dataset to test a state-of-the art climate model under Eocene high atmospheric CO2 conditions. (https://www.deepmip.org/sweet-summary/ and http://www.open.ac.uk/people/pfs67#tab2).

We are seeking a Laboratory Technician to process deep-sea sediment samples and pick planktic and benthic foraminifera microfossils from them using a binocular microscope. The work also involves performing oxygen and carbon isotope analyses using a stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer. You will be involved in supporting the lead researchers from several institutions participating on the SWEET grant by assisting in the troubleshooting and interpretation of data, and coordinating exchanges of sample material and data.

You will have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific subject, and relevant laboratory-based experience (ideally with experience in foraminifer taxonomy and operation of stable isotope ratio mass spectrometers). Good organisational and team working skills are essential, as well as experience in managing large datasets. Full training in foraminifer taxonomic identification will be provided.

Closing date: 16 February 2018, noon

Post required to be filled by 1 April 2018

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