Post-doctoral Research Associate in Speleothem Palaeoclimatology – UK

Applications are invited for Fully funded Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Speleothem Palaeoclimatology for fixed term at The Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


The role is to perform geochemical analysis and date stalagmites in caves collected from the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Interpretation of the palaeoclimatic history of the region will be compared with the archaeological record to provide the climate context in which the Maya civilisation evolved. The program is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the PDRA is for 03 years. Ideally the candidate would start in 2019. 

Applications are invited from applicants with relevant expertise in Palaeoclimate and Geochemistry, preferably including caving experience and postgraduate work with speleothems. Analytical expertise in stable isotope and trace element geochemistry and U-series/radiocarbon dating are desirable. Successful applicant will work as part of a wider team of speleothem palaeoclimatologists and archaeologists to build a robust history of palaeoclimate change in northern Yucatan at both a local and regional scale using conventional and novel (SIMS, SR-microXRF ) methods.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • An annual salary of £32,236-£39,609
  • Fixed-term position: The funds for this post are available for 03 years in the first instance


To be eligible for Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA), an applicant must:

  • have (or be about to obtain) a PhD and preferably some postdoctoral experience in a relevant area
  • have significant experience in Geochemistry and Paleoclimatology
  • have good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, good IT and data handling skills
  • have preferably a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals


To apply for Post-doctoral Research Associate in Speleothem Palaeoclimatology, an applicant must apply online

Enquiries concerning this position should be directed to Prof. David Hodell (

Please quote reference LB19915 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Post-doctoral Research Associate link

Publish Date:
Institute Name: Univeristy of Cambridge
Degree/Course: Postdoctoral
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Country: United Kingdom
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