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Research Assistant, tephrochronology - London, UK

Research Assistant, tephrochronology - London, UK

London, United Kingdom
Department of Geography
Location: Egham
Salary: £30,896 to £36,442 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Friday 03 March 2023
Full-Time, Fixed-Term (18 months)

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant in the Department of Geography.
The post holder will undertake cryptotephra investigation in the lab to support scientific research as part of the UKRI-FLF Future Leaders Fellowship entitled ‘Rethinking Palaeoclimatology for Society’ awarded to Dr Celia Martin Puertas. The project will use annually resolved (varved) lake sediment records from across Europe and modelling approaches to deliver unprecedented quantitative, continuous, annual climate data for the study of the decadal behaviour of North Atlantic atmospheric dynamics and their impact on the UK and European climate (e.g. floods and droughts) over the Holocene period.

The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in scientific activities such as scientific meetings and discussions and there will be fieldwork opportunities in Spain during the project.
This is a 1.5 year full time post (18 months) to start in Spring 2023. The post holder will work on the following main tasks under the supervision of the technician staff in the department: (i) sampling sediment cores (ii) Sample preparation for tephra analysis (iii) Shard identification and Picking.
This is a lab technician position and requires someone who hold a relevant BSc, together with skills and experience in lab procedures for tephra investigation. Familiarity with lake varved sediments and Holocene tephrostratigraphy in the North Atlantic region is desirable. The post holder is expected to work in a team, meet deadlines and support research by other members of the team. The post holder will closely work with Dr. Celia Martin Puertas, Prof. Simon Blockley and Mrs. Katy Flowers and will be part of the wider international team led by Dr Celia Martin Puertas, which integrates PDRAs, PhD students and senior investigators in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Finland.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

Generous annual leave entitlement
Training and Development opportunities
Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing.
Free parking
The post is based in Egham, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.
Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter with their online application form.

Royal Holloway recognises the importance of helping its employees balance their work and home life by offering flexible working arrangements. We are happy to consider a request for flexible working for this post including compressed working hours.

Please quote the reference: 0223-051

Closing Date: 23:59, 3 March 2023

Interview Date: Week Commencing 13 March 2023

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
Application deadline
Further information
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Celia Martin-Puertas on

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