Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Engineering and Environment

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
05 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Faculty of Engineering and Environment 

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University seeks to appoint a full-time Grade 6.1 Research Associate to work with Dr Sebastian Breitenbach and a wider consortium team on an interdisciplinary project titled ‘Reconstructing Siberian permafrost dynamics using stable & clumped isotopes’. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and aims to elucidate the complex interplay of seasonal temperature and precipitation dynamics as key driver of permafrost changes in Siberia. The project involves close collaboration between scientists based at British, Russian, and German research facilities.

The objectives of the project are to: (i) Reconstruct (a) mean interglacial temperatures at the southern permafrost boundary using subaqueous cave carbonates and (b) summer temperatures of key glacial and interglacial periods using ostracods. (ii) Reconstruct winter and summer temperatures, and precipitation dynamics of glacial and interglacial periods using different types of relict permafrost ice. (iii) Deduce changes in seasonality, moisture dynamics, and continentality based on results from objectives 1 and 2, and corresponding permafrost response to climate change.

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, and affiliated to the NICEST laboratory at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. The candidate will interact closely with the second PDRA of this project based at Alfred-Wegener-Institute Potsdam.

They will be expected to work closely with team members at other institutions (principally the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Potsdam, Germany, Oxford University, the University of Western Australia, Perth), along with members of the consortium, the Speleoclub Arabika and the Technical University Irkutsk, Russia.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Geography, Geology, Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or in a related discipline. The post is available from May 1st, 2021.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Sebastian Breitenbach (  

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close on 16/01/2021 

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