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Vacancy: PDRA - organic geochemist to study wildfire severity/frequency at the PETM

To make a leading contribution to a project (Quantifying wildfire frequency and severity in response to greenhouse gas-induced climate warming) working with Professor Darren Mark and team. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and SUERC research strategy.

  2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

  3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.

  4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

  5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops, as required.

  6. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the College of Science & Engineering and wider community (e.g. Academic and Industrial Partners).

  7. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the SUERC.

  8. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and project, including budgets/expenditure.

  9. Make a leading contribution to Teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated admin as assigned by the Principal Investigator.

  10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

  11. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

  12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Principal Investigator.

  13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People Changing The World.



A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

**Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential:**C1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism C2 Knowledge of project-specific techniques, including organic geochemistry (PyCHyPy and biomarker analyses), awareness of geochronology and experience of working with sediment cores. C3 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, normally including sufficient postdoctoral experience in a related field (organic geochemistry), appropriate to an early career researcher

**Experience Essential:**E1 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner E2 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences E3 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities E4 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers. E5 Experience in undertaking independent research E6 Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources and practices that support replication. E7 Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £36,382 - £40,927 per annum.

This position is full time and with funding up to 28th February 2023.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

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