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Research Officer - Tephrochronology/Volcanology

Swansea University - Geography

Location: Swansea
Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: SU00116

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Our stunning waterfront campuses and multicultural community make us a desirable workplace for colleagues from around the world. Our reward and benefits, and ways of working enable those who join us to have enriching careers, matched by an excellent work-life balance.

ABOUT THE ROLE

This role will primarily focus on the identification and characterisation of both visible and non-visible (crypto-) tephra layers preserved in marine and lacustrine sedimentary records from in and around northern Japan. The post holder will be required to sample tephra deposits preserved distally in sediment cores, but also eruption units preserved proximally at volcanic sources.

The main objective of this position is to build a fully integrated and comprehensive eruption records for individual volcanoes, by linking the often fragmentary near-source geological records with the more comprehensive ash fall record preserved in distal sedimentary archives. This will be achieved using detailed chemical fingerprinting of the volcanic deposits and eruptions (e.g., glass chemistry).

The role will be responsible for mapping out the ash fall associated with individual eruptions, integrating these data into ash dispersion models, and contributing to the construction of a chronological frameworks (e.g., 40Ar/39Ar, ZDD), in order to assess the frequency-magnitude relationships of past explosive volcanism along at individual volcanic centres, whilst also assessing the recurrence interval of hazardous and highly disruptive ash fall events.

The selected candidate will hold a PhD in Earth Science or a related discipline. They will evidence experience in technical aspects of Tephrochronology and/or Physical Volcanology as outlined in the job description. They will have experience in the identification of non-visible ash layers (cryptotephra), or will evidence an ability to do so. They will have experience in chemical characterisation of volcanic deposits, specifically using an electron microprobe, and interpreting large igneous chemical datasets. They will evidence an ability to lead and contribute to research outputs in international peer-reviewed journals, and to work effectively and positively within a research team.

 EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Applicants are asked to provide evidence against the essential criteria in the recruitment documentation. Applicants should also attach to the application the following:

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