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Geochemistry Research Technician, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Geochemistry Research Technician
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance. We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK. The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines.

The applicant should have skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification and experience in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and ideally analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

This post is a permanent position. Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here ( For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

For further information and applications:

Technical Associate, SMAST, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Technical Associate

School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)

A Technical Associate is sought to assist in research and laboratory management associated with SMAST’s Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry Group. Specific laboratory research tasks include collection and analysis of samples, organization and initial interpretation of results, and preparation of results for presentation by group members in talks, peer-reviewed scientific papers, and grant applications. Laboratory management tasks include maintenance of instrumentation, ordering of supplies and reagents, organization and archiving of data, as well as compliance with safety and grant accounting requirements.

Candidates must have at least a Bachelors in Science degree in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Earth Science or related field with one to two years experience in an analytical laboratory using major instrumentation.

For further details about this position please go to

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and the names, titles and addresses of three professional references to: Search for Technical Associate (SMAST-Technician), Office of Human Resources, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747. Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 27, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an EEO/AA employer.

Professor in Environmental Science, Plymouth University, UK

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science at Plymouth University would like to alert you to our advert for ‘Professor in Environmental Science’, which is now ‘live’ with a closing date of 13th March 2017, please see the link to the advert below or the University website.

Please could you spread the word to any potential applicants. I have been reliably informed that marine scientists would be considered highly suitable for this position.

Interviews will be held on Monday 8th May 2017.

Discipline-Based Education Research positions, University of South Carolina, USA

The University of South Carolina is initiating a series of new Discipline-Based Education Research positions in the sciences. The first two of these searches are starting in the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (SEOE) and the Department of Biological Sciences. We anticipate two more positions next year and two the year after that, to help build a core of DBER researchers across the science departments. The SEOE position is open to any discipline within the broad science areas of the school ( For more information, please visit:

Review of applications for the SEOE position will begin February 15, 2017.


Postdoctoral position 1, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Postdoctoral position to study Southern Ocean phytoplankton acclimation strategies to changes in trace metal availability:

The Trace Metal Experimental and Biogeochemistry Group within the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa, invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The broader research project examines the biogeochemical cycling of marine trace metals and aims to better understand how the marine chemistry constrains the organisms and vice versa. The postdoctoral fellow will mainly conduct laboratory experiments on the adaptation and acclimation capacities of Southern Ocean phytoplankton to different environmental conditions, specifically changes in trace metal availability. Thus, preference will be given to applicants with expertise in laboratory algal cultures and their interaction with trace metals. Experience with phytoplankton cell isolation, photophysiology and molecular biology (“omics”) is an advantage. Experiments may also be conducted on board R/V SA Agulhas II to study in-situ the relationship between phytoplankton community structure and environmental conditions, including during wintertime and along the ice shelf. Thus, familiarity with work at sea is welcome, but is not a requirement.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a related discipline such as Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals relavent to this position. Postdoctoral activities will include cold, polar water strains maintenance, experiment design and implementation, data collection, and modelling, as well as dissemination of results in publications and presentations. The applicant may assist with future proposal preparation and will have the opportunity to advise graduate students and, to some extent, support undergraduate teaching and outreach activities. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration with the other groups in South Africa (e.g., oceanography, biotechnology) and internationally (e.g., GEOTRACES community).

The position is for 24 months, commencing any time before July 2017. Renewal of the position for the second year is subject to performance. For further information about the project and to apply please contact Prof A Roychoudhury ( and Dr Susanne Fietz ( Applications should include, as a single pdf document, a cover/motivation letter, a comprehensive Résumé/CV and a research statement. Please also provide the names and contact information for three professional references.

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