Postdoctoral Research Associate (UK-RESIST)

Queen Mary University of London - School of Geography

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to work on the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project ‘Response of Ecologically-mediated Shallow Intertidal Shores and their Transitions to extreme hydrodynamic forcing in UK settings (RESIST-UK)’.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge (project lead), QMUL’s School of Geography and the British Geological Survey. The overall aim of the project is to develop a methodology for the mapping of salt marsh erosion resistance by improving our understanding of how marshes respond to future environmental forcing from increases in sea level and the magnitude and frequency of storms. This inter-disciplinary PDRA will use 3D X-ray microtomography to characterise the sediment structure of natural and restored inter-tidal wetlands, and combined with geochemical approaches, help understand their response to forcing.

The PDRA will be co-supervised by Prof Kate Spencer and Dr Simon Carr in the School of Geography. The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London is internationally recognised for its theoretically-informed, empirically-grounded and politically-engaged research and remains one of the top departments for geography and environmental studies according to results of the Research Excellence Framework results (REF 2014) – a measure of the quality of higher education research in the UK.

You will hold a PhD in geography, environmental or earth science, or a related discipline and will have experience of 3D image visualisation and analysis software (e.g., Volume Graphics, Avizo, Drishti, ImageJ and MatLab). Additional training in both 3D X-ray microtomography and geochemical approaches will be provided. As an organised individual, you will have the ability to prioritise your own work and research within the project timetable. Good communication, analytical and writing skills, are also essential.

You will also be expected to assist the University of Cambridge PDRA during salt marsh field sampling campaigns in the UK and will have the opportunity to take part in the large-scale flume experiments in Hannover, Germany (EU-Hydralab).

The post is a full-time and fixed term for 27 months. The starting date is June 1st 2018 or as soon as possible after that date. The salary range is £32,956 to 34,764 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and defined benefit pension scheme.

The position is open to international applicants. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. The closing date for applications is Monday 9th April 2018 and interviews are expected to be held in late April. For additional information or discussion please contact Prof Kate Spencer (

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