[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Associate in Organic Geochemistry

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Aug 19 11:47:33 MDT 2016

 Research Associate in Organic Geochemistry (Ref: D45328R)

*Faculty/Services: * Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering
*Unit: * Civil Engineering & Geosciences
*Sub Unit: * Civil Engineering & Geosciences
*Staff Category:* Research
*Contract Type:* Fixed Term
*Hours of Work:* Full Time
*Location:* Newcastle upon Tyne
*Salary:* £28,982 to £30,738 (with progression to £37,768)
*Closing Date: * 14 September 2016

Based in the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEGs), you will
join a team lead by Dr Darci Rush. You will undertake an organic
geochemical investigation using novel lipid biomarkers to explore the role
of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) in the global nitrogen cycle
through time. The position is part of a larger Natural Environment Research
Council (NERC) funded project entitled “ANAMMARKS: ANaerobic AMmonium
oxidiation bioMARKers in paleoenvironmentS”. Building on the previous
identification of suitable biomarkers for anammox (e.g.
bacteriohopanetetrol stereoisomer and cyclic/branched alkanes), the focus
of your aspect of the project will be on the development of a simplified
GC-MS/MS method for anammox detection.

You will be responsible for applying this method to study anammox during
past periods of extreme oceanic anoxic events. You will coordinate with
modellers to integrate the results from these biomarker studies to assess
the impact of anammox during extreme events in an Earth system model.

You should hold a PhD in Organic Geochemistry, Organic Chemistry, or a
closely related field and have experience of complex lipid analysis and
identification by GC-MS and LC-MS. The project will include travel to
undertake specialised laboratory work at (international) project partner
labs. A track record of independent working is essential.

This post is fixed term for 3 years and is full time. Expected interview
dates are mid-October.

For further information about the position please contact *Dr Darci Rush* (
darci.rush at nioz.nl) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceg/

* The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN
<http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/athenaswan/> award in addition to the
University’s Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment
practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds
the HR Excellence in Research
<http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hr/about/researchers/concordat.php> award for our
work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a
member of the Euraxess
<http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/services/index> network.*

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