Research Associate/Fellow

University of Nottingham - Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Salary: £26,495 to £38,833 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The candidate will join a large team of geochemists, palaeontologists and modellers who have recently received NERC funding to investigate the origin of the terrestrial mass extinction at the end of the Permian. This project is a component of a larger NERC Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience programme, jointly funded with the National Science Foundation China, led by Professor Wignall (Leeds University). Your role will be to test the contribution of ozone depletion and enhanced UV-B damage to the terrestrial extinction by examining the biogeochemistry of the pollen and spore record of China. The work is specifically designed to test for an increase the aromatic component of sporopollenin the biomacromolecule that makes the pollen and spore wall. 

Chemical analysis will be performed using an of Agilent 620-IR FTIR imaging system to assess the chemistry of isolated spores and pollen grains. The work will be led by Dr Barry Lomax (University of Nottingham) and Dr Wesley Fraser (Oxford Brookes) and will be based at the University of Nottingham at the Sutton Bonington campus. In addition to the laboratory analyses, the candidate may also have the opportunity to participate in sample collection in China.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Earth Sciences, Environmental or Plant Sciences with experience of working in either a biogeochemical and/ or palynological background. Knowledge of Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) imaging and or Mesozoic palynology is essential. 

This full-time post is fixed-term until 30 April 2020. Job share arrangements may be considered for this post.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to either Dr Barry Lomax, Tel: +44(0)115 951 6258, email or Dr Wes Fraser Tel: +44 (0)186 5483863, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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