Job title : Leverhulme Post-doctoral Research Assistant : Silicic Igneous Processes on Iceland
School / Support Department : School of GeoSciences
Unit (if applicable) : Earth and Planetary Science
Line manager : Alan Hastie
2. Job Purpose
A four-year Post-doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) is required on a £270k Leverhulme Research Grant to work from the University of Edinburgh and with colleagues at the Universities of Iceland, Portsmouth and St.
Andrews to determine the petrogenesis of Icelandic granites using whole rock analyses, experimental petrology, thermodynamic modelling and mineral geochemistry.
The PDRA will undertake three field seasons in Iceland that will involve detailed geological mapping and sample collecting.
On returning to the UK the PDRA will section the samples for a detailed petrographic study and analyse all samples independently and interpret the results with the research team to present the work at conferences, publish high-impact publications and engage in outreach opportunities.
3. Main Responsibilities (approx. % of time)
Granite samples and accompanying xenoliths are to be targeted, mainly in the south and west. Samples will be collected with the support of the University of Iceland and returned to the UK for study (5%)
Candidate will use / run XRF and ICP-MS instruments (40%)
Piston press equipment will be used in the experimental facility at the University of Edinburgh (15%)
The project should give the candidate the timing and experience to be able to obtain his / her own research funding and to begin the developing into an international leader in the field of igneous petrology (5%)
4. Planning and Organising
5. Problem Solving
To undertake, or learn, thermodynamic code. Run samples on an XRF and ICP-MS. Fully interpret data
6. Decision Making
The post-holder will undertake day-to-day decision making on actions in the field and in the laboratory. Key decisions will be made collaboratively with inputs from the PI, Co-PIs and the international partner.
Therefore, the PDRA will need to exercise good judgement as to which decisions must be referred for collaborative discussion and which should simply be implemented and documented.
7. Key Contacts / Relationships
The post-holder will maintain good working relations with staff at the University of Edinburgh and with colleagues at the Universities of Iceland, Portsmouth and St.
Andrews. The post holder will be expected to represent the University externally, by presenting their work at specialist meetings or workshops in the relevant research area.
They will also be required to provide advice and support to relevant undergraduate and postgraduate projects that could be aligned to aid the progression of the project.
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
Qualifications / Training
There are no line management responsibilities associated with this post.
10. Job Context and any other relevant information
This PDRA position will be based in Edinburgh and will involve occasional travel to use facilities at Portsmouth and St.
Andrews. The PDRA will also be required to undertake fieldwork in Iceland and to present results at international conferences.