European Research Council

Full-time research position in stable isotopes analysis in plants

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    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Agricultural sciences
    Biological sciencesBotany
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    02/06/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Barcelona
    H2020 / ERC
    ERC-Stg-2017 759800


We invite applications for a funded, full-time 3 year Post-doctoral position in stable isotopes studies in plants at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, in the context of an ERC Starting Grant project (GA n. 759800) led by Carla Lancelotti on “Resilience and Adaptation in Drylands. Identifying past water management practices for drought-resistant crops” (http://www.ercstgraindrops.info/). The project aims at building a reliable methodology for the identification of past agricultural water management strategies in drylands, and includes the analysis of  13C and 18O from fresh and charred grains, and 30Si from phytoliths of different C4 species (Sorghum bicolor, Eleusine coracana, Eragrostis teff and Pennisetum glaucum) from experimental cultivation, ethnographic settings and archaeological contexts. The successful applicant will assist the PI with the stable isotope analysis in all its stages, from laboratory preparation of samples to elaboration of results, including performing experimental cultivation and guide the work of PhD students.

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The successful candidate will be based at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona with a fixed-term, full-time contract (37.5 hours per week). The gross annual salary would be between 25,000€ and 30,000€ depending on experience. Pension scheme will be paid by the University to Social Security on behalf of the candidate, which will have full sanitary cover through the Public Health System.

The post holder will be provided with a working space at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in the Mercé Rodoreda building, Campus de la Ciutadella, in a shared office with other members of the group. Participation to conferences and fieldwork will be fully funded by the project.

Starting date: September 1st 2019 or as soon as possible after.

Selection process

Applicants must submit to the email address provided:

  1. An academic curriculum vitae.
  2. A statement of interest.
  3. The names and addresses of two academic referees.

All applications must be submitted by email to carla.lancelotti[at]upf.edu before 12:00 midnight (GMT time) of June 2nd 2019.

Candidates will be notified of the result of the selection process at the latest one week (7 days) after the application deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview to be held between June 10th and June 23rd. Results of the interviews will be notified not later than July 15th.

Additional comments

The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, which hosts Carla Lancelotti’s ERC-funded project on Resilience and Adaptation in Drylands. The position holder will join a team composed by the PI, one PDRA and two PhD students.

The project will be carried out within the CaSEs Research group on Culture and Socio-Ecological Dynamics (www.upf.edu/cases) of which Carla Lancelotti is a member. Stemming from the humanities, CaSEs aims to advance research by proposing new approaches for the study of social and ecological dynamics. Its mission is the development of research across disciplinary boundaries and to promote the strategic dissemination of results within and outside academy, to stakeholders at all levels, including the general public and policy makers. Thus the post-doctoral researcher will be integrated in the research group and exposed to a lively and productive research environment.

Offer Requirements

    Other: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


The ideal candidate must:

  1. Hold a PhD in Biochemistry, Plant Sciences, Archaeobotany, or related fields, with a specialisation on analysis of stable isotopes in plants. Experience with 13C, 18O and 30Si as well as previous experience with C4 plants will be positively valued.
  2. Have extensive laboratory experience on sample preparation for stable isotope analyses and excellent understanding of the analytical procedures.
  3. Demonstrate a high-level track-record of publications and the ability to carry out independent work.
  4. Possess excellent oral and written English. Knowledge of Spanish or Catalan will be valued positively.
  5. Display good team-working attitude, including willingness to guide PhD students.
  6. Be willing to conduct fieldwork at ICRISAT (Hyderabad, India) for performing growth experiments, which can be of extensive length (up to 6 months).

Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate will be expected to:

- Assist the PI in all the phases related to stable isotope analyses within the project:

  1. Perform sample preparation for analyses.
  2. Liaise with international collaborators for the mass-spectrometry analysis.
  3. Plan the experimental fields and monitor the plant sampling.
  4. Follow the export of samples (permits, shipping etc.)
  5. Assist in the interpretation of results and contribute to their publication.

- Systematise and analyse the data produced and participate in the modelling phase.

- Co-organise one of the thematic workshops at the host institution.

- Partake in the seminars and conferences organised around the ERC project.

- Collaborate in the dissemination of projects results (webpage, twitter account and guest entries on the project’s blog).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
carrer Trias Fargas 25-27

EURAXESS offer ID: 400565


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