Quaternary African Geology Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

September 28, 2022

Description

Quaternary African Geology Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a 24-month Research Associate in QUATERNARY AFRICAN GEOLOGY on the NG'IPALAJEM Project, funded by the ERC. The project aims at exploring Pleistocene human evolution in East Africa and contextualise our lineage ecologically and chronologically as part of a broader and longer African evolutionary landscape. The project is led by Prof. Marta Mirazón Lahr. Further information about the project and its collaborative partners can be found at: https: // www. palaeotrails.org/current-projects/ngipalajem/

As part of the NG'IPALAJEM team, the successful candidate will contribute to both project-wide and role-specific tasks. In terms of the project, he/she will assist the PI in (1) the running of the project; (2) the implementation of the project's research, communication and scientific strategy; (3) the development of the project's database(s); and (4) participate in all of the project's fieldwork, contributing to both its preparation and implementation. In relation to role-specific responsibilities, he/she will be expected to (1) take a leading role on the geological exploration of the new Turkana localities and the strategy for dating of their sediments in collaboration with project collaborators, (2) spatially map the new localities and expose and describe stratigraphic sections, (3) organise and/or carry out appropriate sedimentary and chronological sampling and analyses, and (4) integrate the new information with relevant published data to build a regional synthesis. Besides scientific writings, he/she will also be expected to contribute to the writing of reports and the supervision of student projects working in association with the project.

Key essential skills include (1) a PhD degree in Earth Sciences or evidence that a PhD thesis has been submitted and/or will be obtained soon after starting the post-doctoral fellowship; (2) a research record and experience in African Quaternary geology and geomorphology, or other relevant area of geological study; (3) familiarity and experience with geological fieldwork; (4) experience in spatial mapping; (5) experience in stratigraphic description and interpretation, and of the analysis of sedimentary samples; (6) evidence of ability to synthesise and systematise data. Familiarity with aspects of human evolution, Quaternary African palaeoecology and palaeontology, knowledge of other languages (particularly of Swahili), experience with relational databases, and a valid driver's licence are desirable skills.

The successful applicant will be based at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, and be prepared to spend time abroad during the project's fieldwork in Turkana.

Starting date: As soon as possible after appointment and no later than 1st December 2022. Interviews of selected candidates will be held online in early October.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

All enquiries should be addressed to: Prof. Marta Mirazón Lahr, mbml1@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference JC32944 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

    Salary

    £34,308-£42,155

    Reference

    JC32944

    Category

    Research

    Published

    31 August 2022

    Closing date

    28 September 2022

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