Research Fellow in Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment - School of Earth and Environment

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 4 years due to external funding)

Open to job share or flexible working considerations

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in geomicrobiology or biogeochemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a key member of the European Research Council funded project “MINORG: The Role of Minerals in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle” and will work with the research team at Leeds and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research at Kiel in Germany. It is the central hypothesis of MINORG that minerals play a major role in the preservation and burial of organic carbon in marine sediments and thus in regulating Earth’s climate and oxygenation. Working in the field of geomicrobiology or biogeochemistry you will embark on an ambitious experimental campaign to determine whether the association of dissolved organic matter with marine sediment minerals protects organic carbon from microbial degradation, and so contributes to organic carbon preservation and burial. You will help design and undertake laboratory experiments, generate experimental data, and carry out the subsequent data analysis and data publication. You will also support the project leader Professor Caroline Peacock in the planning and administration of MINORG.

You will also have extensive knowledge of sediment geomicrobiology or biogeochemistry, and experience of working with microbes, minerals and/or organic compounds. Experience of conducting microbial biodegradation experiments via liquid incubations and sediment microcosms is desirable. You will show a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Prof Caroline Peacock, Professor of Biogeochemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7877, email:

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