University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow

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The starting salary will be from £32,982 on Grade E for the Postdoctoral Research Associate role and from £41,732 on Grade F for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow role, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow

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Faculty of Environment, Science & Economy

The above full-time post is available on a fixed term basis from 01/07/2024 to 30/06/2025 in the Faculty.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements or those working remotely / hybrid.

The post

The faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Research Fellow to participate in the project benchmark geological records for the response of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to near future temperatures (GEOICE). This NERC funded post is available from the 01/07/2024 for a fixed term of 12 months.

The post is part of the NERC-funded GEOICE project that is combining ice sheet modelling with paleoclimate data from a recent IODP cruise to the Ross Sea to determine the extent and timing of West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat during late Pleistocene interglacials. The central aim of the project is to determine whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet contributed substantially to sea level rise during late Pleistocene interglacials under only moderately elevated (i.e. near future) global temperatures. The work will make use of two ice sheet models (PSU-ISM and BISICLES) forced with existing climate model simulations of the last interglacial. The output from the ice sheet simulations will be integrated with sediment provenance data being produced by project co-investigators (based at Imperial College) using a sediment provenance routing algorithm that has already been developed. The research questions the project is seeking to answer are: 1) What magnitude of climate forcing is required for WAIS to collapse and did this occur during late Pleistocene interglacials and 2) if there was retreat, was it initiated from the Ross, Amundsen, or Weddell Sea sectors of West Antarctica.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or nearing completion for PDRA role) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in ice sheet modelling / paleoclimatology / glaciology and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to demonstrate ability to work with ice sheet models and have relevant programming skills.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall.

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.

    Further information

    For further information please contact Dr Ed Gasson, e-mail [email protected]

    The closing date for completed applications is 20 May 2024. Interviews are expected to take place on the week starting 03 June 2024.

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate or Fellow


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    May 03, 2024

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    May 20, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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