Research Fellow in Tropical Palaeoecology

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£34,520 - £38,832
27 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering and Environment – Ref EAE17/45
Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow in Tropical Palaeoecology 
Salary Grade 6: £34,520 - £38,832
Full time 
Fixed Term for 20 Months

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is located in the UK’s best two cities for students. At Northumbria we are global in our scope and reach, with operations in London, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore, and we remain the largest English provider in Hong Kong. The University continues its strong commitment to internationalism, including its valuable and long-standing links with Europe

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow in tropical Palaeoecology and landscape reconstruction. The successful candidate will generate new pollen and charcoal data to investigate anthropogenic landscape modifications as part of the NSF-AHRC funded project ‘Palaeoethnobotany and Landscape Domestication in the Southwestern Amazon’. The position requires close collaboration with the project leads at the University of Central Florida and the successful candidate will liaise with the project partners to meet the project aim of creating integrated landscape reconstructions from Amazonia.

The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of palaeoecology and palynology and the associated laboratory techniques. Experience in pollen analysis of Neotropical ecosystems is desirable. Candidates will be expected to disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed publications and/or international conferences.  Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or close to completion) in Geosciences, Physical Geography, Environmental Archaeology, Quaternary Sciences or related discipline.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences boasts excellent research laboratories with analytical equipment and palaeoenvironmental facilities that are maintained and operated by three full-time technical staff. Further details about the research group can be found here: 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Bronwen Whitney at  (tel: +44 191 349 5934)

The Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences encourages a collaborative and supportive working environment through in-work socialisation and self-supporting events for career advancement. 

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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.

Closing Date:  Sunday 10th June 2018, 23:59pm