Research Fellow in Bayesian Time Series Analysis of Holocene climate data from varved sediments

Egham, United Kingdom
£36,438 to £37,460 per annum - including London Allowance
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Geography

Location: Egham
Salary: £36,438 to £37,460 per annum - including London Allowance
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 13 July 2022
Reference: 0622-271

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (36 months)

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in the Department of Geography.

The post holder will undertake scientific research on paleoclimate variability based on Bayesian modelling of X-ray Fluorescence data 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 project is based on a co-production approach, in which the scientists work closely with climate policy organisations and officers to co-design advanced research outputs to address urgent policy relevant climate issues and to deliver the information in the right format to be used by stakeholders / policy makers. The candidate will have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month policy secondment at the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to learn about the policy process and get the foundations to conduct palaeoclimate research for impact. In addition, and subject to starting date and travel restrictions, there will be fieldwork opportunities in Finland and Spain during the project.

This is a 3 year full time post (36 months) to start in the Autumn Term 2022. The researcher will work on the following main tasks: (i) to develop Bayesian analysis of micro-XRF core scanning data from eight varved lakes across Europe for the reconstructions of regional temperature and precipitation, (ii) to reconstruct atmospheric patterns (e.g. North Atlantic Oscillation and Eastern Atlantic pattern) using specific software, and (iii) to provide the climate modelling group with quantitative palaeo data for model-data comparison and engage with their experiments to help them deliver on their objectives.

This is a post-doc position and requires someone who hold or have submitted a relevant PhD, together with skills and experience in Bayesian time series analysis using programming software (i.e. JAGS) for the use of climate data. Familiarity with XRF data, varved sediments and Holocene climate is desirable. The post holder is expected to be a strong communicator, engaged with climate policy and societal needs related to the current climate crisis, and able to work in an international team. The post holder will closely work with Dr. Celia Martin Puertas and will be part of the wider international team led by Dr Celia Martin Puertas, which integrates other two research fellows, PhD students and senior investigators in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Finland. This includes a mentoring scheme with both academic and non-academic mentors. 

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 College has adopted hybrid working for some roles and so some remote working would be possible for this role

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.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Celia Martin-Puertas on

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: 

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: 0622-271

Closing Date: 23:59, 13 July 2022

Interview Date: w/c 18 July 2022