PDRA on "RainTimes" NERC project - NE/W00075X/1

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£36,382 - £40,927
17 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Northumbria University seeks to appoint a full-time Grade 6.1 Research Associate to work with Prof. Mike Rogerson and a wider consortium team on an interdisciplinary project titled ‘When and Why does it Rain in the Desert: Utilising unique speleothem and dust records on the northern edge of the Sahara’. The project is funded by NERC and aims to improve prediction of climate change impacts on rainfall in northern Africa by better understanding past changes forced by natural processes. The project involves close collaboration between scientists based at British, Tunisian, Swiss, German and Austrian research facilities.

The objectives of the person appointed to this role are to  project are to: (i) Determine when wet and dry phases occurred and how they relate to cold / warm cycles in northern high latitudes; (ii) determine the wind directions during wet and dry phases using a combination of speleothem fluid inclusions and loess heavy mineral provenance; (iii) integrate these results in numerical models representing the karst system, and the wider climate. 

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 Reading University, and key collaborators at the University's of Hull, Liverpool, Goettingen, Innsbruck & Sfax and the SISKA and ONM research institutes. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Geography, Geology, Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or in a related discipline. The post is available from April 1st , 2022.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Mike Rogerson (

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.

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Please note this vacancy will close on 17/01/2022