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Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Geochemistry and Palaeoceanography School of Geography, Archaeology, and Celtic Studies/ Ryan Institute NUI Galway Ref. No. NUIG RES 174-22

    National University of Ireland, Galway
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/08/2022 15:00 - Europe/Athens
    Ireland › Galway


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term, two-year position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the School of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Ryan Institute.


This position is funded by iCRAG the SFI Research Centre in Applied https://www.icrag-centre.org/ and is in association with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway, and the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton, UK. The term of contract is for a period of two years from the day of appointment.


Job Description:

NUI Galway seeks a highly motivated, high-potential applicant for a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher to work within the research project: “Constraining the Impact of Ocean Acidification on Arctic Foraminifera”.


In this project, the post-doctoral fellow will pioneer a conceptually unique dual approach to identify the distinct microstructural and geochemical processes of dissolution that alter the original signal of essential climate variables or ECVs (e.g., temperature, salinity, pH) recorded in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma shells. Specifically, the fellow will combine novel techniques in microCT scanning and interpretative frameworks developed in biomedical engineering with traditional geochemical tracers of ECVs to statistically determine the signal contribution of explanatory variables (e.g., ECVs, dissolution, diagenesis) to geochemical response variables (e.g., Mg/Ca, δ11B, δ18O) using a predictive generalized linear model (GLM). Combining biogeochemical techniques and innovative microstructural analyses on NP will allow the fellow to quantify physiochemical processes, that influence how geochemical tracers are recorded, at the time of proxy development. This approach will advance our understanding of Arctic climate and thereby provide the critical basis for testing future hypotheses, inside and outside of the Arctic, related to mechanisms controlling climate tipping points globally in the past, present, and future.


This project brings together researchers from, the University of Southampton, National Oceanographic Centre (Southampton, UK) the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (Bergen University, Norway) and NUI Galway and is funded by the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG).




Duties: What the successful candidate will do attached to the specific post (list /bulletpoint)

  • Perform acidification experiments using towed and archived samples of NP.
  • Perform microstructural analysis (volume, porosity, and density reconstructions) on NP using a high-resolution nano-CT scanner (Zeiss X-Radia Versa 620).
  • Perform geochemical analysis including trace element (El/Ca), and isotope ratio analysis (δ11B, δ13C, and δ18O) on NP.
  • Development of a generalized linear model (GLM) to build a predictive model of the relationship between geochemical proxies and explanatory variables.
  • Disseminate findings in open-access high-profile journals and present at international conferences.
  • Prepare policy briefs of the current and past state of essential climate variables in the Nordic Seas based on analyses and results from a project cruise and the project overall.
  • Become a member of the steering committee of the Network of Arctic Researchers in Ireland (NARI) to organize annual meeting of NARI hosted by NUI Galway.
  • Engage in public outreach.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:


  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Geography, Marine Geology / Geochemistry, Earth Sciences, or similar).
  • Demonstrated background in Trace and/or Isotope Geochemistry.
  • Demonstrated background in Marine Micropalaeontology.
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills.


Desirable Requirements:

  • Knowledge/Experience in modern planktonic foraminifera ecology and taxonomy
  • Knowledge/Experience in Palaeoceanography
  • Knowledge/Experience in operating multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers, MC-ICP-MS) Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry ICP-MS and/or Delta V isotope ratio mass spectrometry, IRMS systems
  • Knowledge/Experience in operating and processing data from micro-CT scanners
  • Knowledge/Experience in statistical analysis and model development using R
  • High degree of computer literacy, data manipulation, and statistical analysis (e.g. Microsoft Office, Ocean Data view, R, Matlab, Grapher, etc.)
  • Proven ability to work independently and proactively as a project leader
  • A strong career commensurate publication record (number of articles in peer-reviewed international journals of good quality, lead authorships)
  • Experience in organizing and participating in research activities (networks, applications for financing), communication skills (conference presentations, outreach) and faculty recommendations

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post


Salary: €39,523 to €46,906 per annum pro rata for shorter/part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)

Start date: Position is available from September 2022


Continuing Professional Development/Training:

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will have the support of the Researcher Development Centre (RDC) that provides support and continuing professional development opportunities for researchers at NUI Galway. The RDC mission is to create and foster a culture of continuing professional development (CPD) for researchers; to enable researchers to identify and achieve a range of skills suited to their personal career pathway; to signpost opportunities for researchers both within and beyond academia and to measure the impact of such training/CPD. The RDC fully supports the EU MISSION ‘to facilitate the development of R1 (postgrad) and R2 (postdoc) researchers to become fully aware of their possible career trajectories and the existing range of career development opportunities open to them, thereby enabling them to make training and occupational choices and to take personal responsibility for the management of their own career’. The RDC aims to ensure that all researchers will have an Individual Development Plan, mentoring support, a full selection of training and professional development opportunities, career support and to showcase a wide range of career profiles from both academia and beyond academia.

If suitable the Fellow may also enjoy participating in the innovative leadership development programme AURORA. NUI Galway’s AURORA programme is a unique partnership initiative bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.

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Further information about the Discipline of Geography is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/geography/

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Audrey Morley audrey.morley@nuigalway.ie

NB: Gárda vetting is NOT a requirement for this post

To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Audrey Morley: audrey.morley@nuigalway.ie

Please put reference number NUIG RES 174-20 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 15th August 2022

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.


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