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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tectonic Geomorphology

University of Oxford - Department of Earth Sciences

Location: Oxford
Salary: £37,099 to £38,205 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024
Job Ref: 169543

 Fixed term for up to two years until 31 March 2026 (with potential for extension, subject to funding)

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Richard Walker as part of the broader COMET community. COMET, the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tectonics, uses satellite measurements alongside ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose.

The PDRA will join a thriving group involved in remote-sensing and field-based research in the study of active faulting and natural hazard at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford. The applicant will be expected to undertake their own research projects on active faulting, designed in consultation with the supervisory team, and to support both tectonic and volcanic applications of high-resolution imagery, elevation data, and field survey throughout COMET.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the mapping and analysis of fault-based geomorphology using high-resolution satellite imagery and digital topography, supplemented with fieldwork in selected regions. The production of high-resolution digital topographic datasets through field-based, aerial, or satellite methods, forms an important component of the duties.

About you

You will hold, or be close to completion, of a relevant PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience.

You will have the ability to undertake independent field-based earthquake and active tectonic research as well as the ability to undertake drone-based site survey and aptitude in working with elevation models derived from a range of sources.

You will be able to manage your own academic research and have previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and contributing ideas for new research projects and research income generation.

You must also have excellent communication skills including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project is desirable, along with experience of actively collaborating in the development of research articles for publication and working in diverse cultural settings.

For further details of the role please see the job description.

This role is fixed term for up to two years (until 31 March 2026), with the possibility for extension (subject to funding).

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 8th January 2024.

You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in research posts in the Department.

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