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Postdoctoral Fellow on marine biogeochemistry, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra, Australia
Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: AUD$68,307 - AUD$86,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full time, Fixed term (30 months)

The Research School of Earth Sciences invites applications for a 2½ year position (Level A) within the Biogeochemistry group. The post-doctoral position is framed around marine biogeochemistry with an emphasis on element and isotope cycling in the ocean. We are seeking a motivated person to contribute to Australian Research Council funded projects in the following areas:

  • Trace element and isotope cycling in the ocean, with an emphasis on understanding micronutrient (e.g. iron and zinc) availability to phytoplankton;
  • Elemental and isotope analysis of dissolved calcium, magnesium in coral reef systems, to constrain biotic and abiotic calcium carbonate formation.

Research facilities to support this research include two Neptune multi-collector ICPMS instruments, an Element XR high resolution ICPMS, a Varian 820 quadrupole ICPMS, a Varian ICP-AES, an Ar-F 154/193nm excimer laser system, a clean-laboratory and various wet chemistry laboratories.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in marine chemistry, marine biogeochemistry or related field, with preference given to candidates with trace element or isotope expertise. The candidate will be required to assist with field work (e.g. Southern Ocean voyages and coral reef sampling). Candidates should demonstrate an excellent emerginc publication record relative to opportunity.

Position overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research using world class research facilities and deliver a research-led education program encompassing the breadth of sciences.  The College has a strong tradition of supporting research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.

For additional information, please contact Dr Michael Ellwood  E:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

To download a copy of the position description and to submit an application for the position,  please visit the following website:

Applications close 5 November 2017, 11:55PM, Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Post-doctoral position in Atmospheric Geochemistry, University of the Littoral Opal Coast, France

As part of the the Labex “CaPPA” ( and the French Regional Program CLIMIBIO (Planning Agreement between the national and regional governments 2015-2020), the “University of the Littoral Opal Coast” in the north of France is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to contribute to a Project in Atmospheric Geochemistry.


Trace elements including iron (Fe) serve as essential micronutrients in surface ocean waters. Iron in atmospheric deposition represents the main source of bioavailable Fe to High Nutrient Low Chlorophyll ocean regions (e.g. the Southern Ocean). While natural emissions (e.g. mineral dust) are considered the most important sources of atmospheric Fe, the aqueous solubility of natural Fe-bearing particles is very limited. Conversely, anthropogenic Fe-rich particles including fly ash (combustion aerosols) display a higher solubility. How human activities impact the transport of bioavailable Fe to the oceans remains a fundamental question being addressed in atmospheric and oceanographic studies.

With the recent advances in mass spectrometry, it is now possible to measure precisely small differences in Fe isotopic compositions as they occur in many physical, geochemical and biological processes. While the isotopic signature of radiogenic isotopes such as lead has been widely used to assess the contribution of pollution aerosols to transport and deposition fluxes in the low troposphere, the use of non-traditional heavy stable isotopes such as Fe is still rare in atmospheric process studies. The reported values for Fe isotope compositions of natural aerosols (mineral dust: δ56Fe ≈ +0.08‰ /IRMM-014) are close to those of igneous rocks. However, our previous work has shown δ56Fe reaching +0.14‰ in urban aerosols influenced by industrial emissions. This project will tentatively assess the isotopic imprint of atmospheric transport on anthropogenic and natural Fe by simulating cloud processing of industrial and urban Fe-bearing particles. Isotopic analysis will be conducted in collaboration with the G-TIME laboratory of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).

To investigate the mechanisms controlling the isotope fractionation at the molecular scale, first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) will be performed on Fe minerals mimicking studied anthropogenic Fe-bearing particles (e.g. goethite).

This project is funded by the “Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale”, the french ANR (Labex CaPPA), the Region « Hauts de France » and the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (CPER “Climibio”).

Candidate Profile

The ideal applicant will have:

  • A PhD in Analytical Chemistry or Geochemistry
  • Experience with isotope and/or trace metal analysis under clean conditions
  • Experience with advanced analytical instrumentation, such as mass spectrometry
  • Experience of field studies and, if possible, quantum chemistry
  • Enthusiasm and diligence in laboratory work
  • Knowledge of security rules in the lab and in the field
  • Interest in presenting results at conferences and writing papers for peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to communicate and work with multiple students and scientists
  • Ability to travel to field studies and to the different regional partners’ sites (about 120 km from Dunkirk): Driver’s license for private car.
  • Some knowledge of/willingness to learn basic French


Dunkerque (Dunkirk) – North of France

Duration: 12 months, starting no later than 1st January 2018

Monthly Take-home Pay: about 2150 €

Holiday Allowance: 6 weeks


To apply, send to Pascal Flament, Université du Littoral – Côte d’Opale, Dunkerque, France (

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a publication list-
  • A motivation letter
  • A selection of 2-3 publications in PDF
  • The name and contact information of 2 references.

Deadline for applications: October 20th 2017

Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry, Tenure Track, University of British Columbia, Canada


The Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia ( is seeking an outstanding new investigator for a full time tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking candidates of exceptional scientific talent who have demonstrated success in analytical chemistry working at the interface of one or more other areas of science including, but not limited to, biological chemistry, data science, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, and radiochemistry.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a related discipline, postdoctoral experience, and an outstanding research track record. Relevant postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an internationally recognized research program. As a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, the successful applicant will be expected to effectively supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, obtain external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate Chemistry courses, and actively participate in departmental activities. Leading candidates will complement and strengthen the Department and University’s expertise in research and education.

The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an appointment at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level but a higher rank may be considered for applicants with exceptional qualifications and experience.

The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2018.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of research interests, a detailed research proposal, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to:

Deadline for receipt of complete applications is NOVEMBER 1ST, 2017



Postdoctoral Fellowships, FWO - Odysseus programme, Belgium

The FWO Odysseus programme supports outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Flanders. The programme provides start-up funding in order to develop a research group within a Flemish university or to set up a research line and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research establishment.

 Profile and conditions:

  • The subsidy is spread over 5 years and includes the salary cost for supporting staff, equipment and bench fees. This breakdown is purely indicative, because the researcher under this programme is entitled to freely dispose of the financial resources.   Salary costs and remunerations of the Odysseus beneficiaries are borne by the host institution. Otherwise the same guidelines as for FWO projects apply.
  • The subsidy is used for two types of start-up funding:

Odysseus Group I:

    • for researchers who are internationally recognised as pioneers in their field and who already have a position at a foreign university
    • research funding: €400,000 to €1,500,000/year (€2,000,000 to €7,500,000 for the 5-year period)

Odysseus Group II

    • Researchers who have at least 3 years' post-doctoral experience abroad and whose work has convinced leading colleagues in the field that they have potential to develop a leading international position.
    • Research funding: €100,000 and €200,000/year (€500,000 to €1,000,000 for the 5-year period)
  • Only the Flemish universities can, potentially in cooperation, nominate candidates at the FWO.

To be considered an eligible candidate:

  • you have been employed by a foreign institution for at least one year before the date of the application.
  • you have for at least three years been affiliated to a foreign institution in the last five years ('foreign' here meaning a non-belgian institute).
  • you meet the criteria of excellence, as demonstrated in the CV and submit a research plan at the relevant universities. This plan includes a budget with an indicative breakdown of planned expenses over a period of five years. This research plan is approved by the university or universities and is consistent with the research policy. 
  • In case of a nomination by two or more universities, they should formulate a common proposal.

For further information:

 Data Product (IDP2017)


 Data Assembly Centre (GDAC)


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