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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Post: 001662

(30 March 2016)

The Department of Geography at Durham University seeks to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Fluvial Geochemistry to join the research team led by Dr Bob Hilton as part of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded 5 year project “ROC-CO2”. The post is fixed term for 36 months from 1st July 2016 or thereafter, with possible renewal for a further 12 months.

The ROC-CO2 project (Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by Rock-derived Organic Carbon oxidation) aims to quantify how much CO2 is released globally by chemical weathering of organic carbon in sedimentary rocks, and constrain how this important CO2 flux may have changed over Earth’s history (see for further information). The primary objectives are to: 1) quantify the rates of rock-derived organic carbon oxidation and understand the environmental controls at the river catchment scale; 2) constrain how the kinetics of rock-derived organic carbon oxidation respond to changing environmental conditions and the presence of micro-organisms; and 3) upscale new empirical data to allow global patterns and rates of CO2 emission by rock-derived organic oxidation to be quantified. These objectives will be met by developing and applying novel geochemical proxies to quantify chemical weathering and organic matter processing (e.g. rhenium, radiocarbon). This PDRA post will contribute primarily to aspects (1 and 2) and be closely involved with 3 as the project develops (see list of responsibilities provided below). The successful applicant will join the ERC-funded ROC-CO2 team, which involves Hilton and a PhD student at Durham and an internationally-recognized group of researchers. The appointee will be expected to be fully involved in the intellectual development of the project, the authorship of publications with the Principal Investigator, as well as participating in a range of dissemination activities including international conferences. The successful applicant will also undertake some laboratory manager duties, and supervise PhD/Master's students.

To discuss this post further please contact Dr Bob Hilton


Tel: 0191 3341970

Closing date: 3rd May 2016