Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 in Economic Geology

£34223.33 - £39561.85 per annum
03 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 in economic geology within UCD School of Earth Sciences/ iCRAG

The Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), established in 2015, brings together a team of researchers representing the full geosciences spectrum with a clear focus on the economic impact of the wider geosciences sector. iCRAG aims to transform applied geosciences research in Ireland by focussing resources into thematic areas and by requiring that research outputs are systematically embedded into industry to maximise impact. The Centre's research programme consists of five cohesive topics or 'spokes' in the areas of raw materials, marine geoscience, groundwater, hydrocarbons and earths hazards which are built around four enabling technology and equipment based 'platforms' which focus on geophysical sensing and imaging, geochemistry, 3D geological modelling and public perception and understanding. iCRAG has recently attracted an SFI Research Professor, Professor Murray Hitzman, who is currently seeking a Post-doctoral Research Fellow for a major project focused on the geology of the Lubambe Cu-Co deposit in the Zambian Copperbelt.

The principal objective of the project is to utilise historic and new geological, geochemical, and geophysical data (including seismic data) to better understand the geology of the Lubambe deposit. The project will initially involve detailed description and study of a suite of samples from recent >1km deep drill holes that penetrate the entire Neoproterozoic metasedimentary sequence from the lower Nguba Group into the siliciclastic rocks of the Lower Roan Group. Samples will be investigated petrographically and examined using iCRAG's TESCAN platform. Additional work will include laser ablation trace element analysis of specific minerals including sulphides and stable isotope analysis. Specific studies to understand cobalt deportment among minerals will be undertaken. If suitable samples are present the project will also involve fluid inclusion studies. It is expected that the project will be expanded to perform similar studies on weathered rocks from adjacent deep drill holes. The project will be integrated with concurrent studies of Lubambe at UCD focused on structural geology, facies analysis, and distribution of ore and hydrothermal alteration facies.

While the project will initially utilise samples supplied by Lubambe, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will spend significant time on site at Lubambe in Zambia conducting detailed logging of drill core. The details of such fieldwork will be dependent on the Covid-19 situation. While this project is for 12 months, it is expected that it will be renewed for at least an additional year if industry support is forthcoming.

The candidate is expected to have a doctorate in geology and possess broad technical expertise in economic geology and geochemistry and have significant experience in laboratory analysis. Ideally, the candidate will also have experience working in the mineral exploration or mining industry. The successful candidate will join a large applied geoscience research centre in the UCD School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

Salary range: €37,874 - €43,782 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 1st October 2020.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.