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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Palaeohydrological Data Analysis

Job Reference : SRF22284
Location : Whiteknights Reading UK
Closing Date : 12/03/2018
Live Date : 01/02/2018
Salary : £29,799 to £30,688 per annum
Employment Type : AR-Research
School / Function : School of Archaeology Geography & Environmental Science
Department : Geography & Environmental Science
Hours Per week : 1.00 FTE
Contract Duration : Fixed-term

We are seeking a PDRA to undertake research on the interpretation of isotopic and other sources of hydrological data as indicators of past climate and environmental change. The post will include involvement in coordinating international research initiatives, specifically of the SISAL Working Group.

The PDRA will be employed on the ERC-funded project “Unlocking the past for a clearer future (GC2.0)” which will examine the two-way interaction between the terrestrial biosphere and climate on palaeo-timescales in order to realize the full potential of palaeoclimate research to improve our understanding and modelling of climate and environmental change. The post involves the synthesis of palaeohydrological data, including contributing to the construction of public-access palaeoenvironmental databases, and the analysis of these data in order to reconstruct past climate and environmental changes. The primary focus will be on synthesis and interpretation of water-isotope records, specifically from speleothems, but the work will also draw on other sources of palaeohydrological information such as isotopic records from other archives, lake status data or vegetation evidence for changes in available moisture. The resulting palaeohydrological reconstructions will interpreted in the light of climate model simulations of past climates. The post-holder will be expected to collaborate with members of international palaeodata synthesis projects, including the PAGES SISAL working group, and to play a role in ongoing analyses within the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project.

You will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant subject by the time of appointment;
  • A good working knowledge of the interpretation of diverse types of palaeohydrological data;
  • Working knowledge of database construction;
  • Practical experience in the analysis of palaeodata, including times-series modelling;
  • An interest in and practical experience of collaborative palaeoclimate research;
  • A proven track record of publishing research in the peer-reviewed literature and experience of presenting and communicating science to your peers;
  • Good organisation and communication skills, and self-motivation coupled with the ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with international partners.

Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Project PI and supervisor

Contact role:

PDRA on project

Contact name:

Sandy P. Harrison

Contact name:

Guangqi Li

Contact phone:

+44 (0)118 378 5258

Contact phone:

+44 (0)118 378 7146

Contact email:

Contact email:


Interviews will be held on the 23 March 2018

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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