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The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, is seeking a Post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) in speleothem palaeoclimatology. The role is to perform geochemical analysis and date stalagmites in caves collected from the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Interpretation of the palaeoclimatic history of the region will be compared with the archaeological record to provide the climate context in which the Maya civilisation evolved. The programme is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the PDRA is for 3 years.  Ideally the candidate would start in 2019.

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant expertise in palaeoclimate and geochemistry, preferably including caving experience and postgraduate work with speleothems.  Analytical expertise in stable isotope and trace element geochemistry and U-series/radiocarbon dating are desirable. You will work as part of a wider team of speleothem palaeoclimatologists and archaeologists to build a robust history of palaeoclimate change in northern Yucatan at both a local and regional scale using conventional and novel (SIMS, SR-microXRF ) methods.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and preferably some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area. They will have significant experience in geochemistry and paleoclimatology, good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, good IT and data handling skills, and preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Further particulars and information at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/22367/, you can use this link to apply online for this vacancy from the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Prof. David Hodell (dah73@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LB19915on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University and the Department are committed to equality and diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the Department is a bronze award holder. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/cambens-employee-benefits/family-friendly.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The closing date is 31 August 2019.
See also our website http://www.esc.cam.ac.uk
Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK.

The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award and the department is a bronze award holder.

Location: Cambridge, Great Britain,
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Start Date: 2019
Job Type: Other


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Name: Prof. David Hodell
Email: dah73@cam.ac.uk

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