University College Cork School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Postdoctoral Research Position 2017, Ireland

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2017

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Post-Doctoral Researcher

A 20 month postdoctoral research position (starting July 2017) in the combined fields of geochemistry and mineralogy will be available for a highly motivated individual in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, at University College Cork, Ireland.

Geofluids play a pivotal role in the structural and geochemical evolution of sedimentary and vein-hosted copper deposits. The ubiquitous presence of fluids in such settings can directly influence the distribution of heat, mineral reactions and deformation process from the microscopic to the megascopic scale. This project will address some fundamental questions related to the development of copper in the Copper Coast deposits, the Sediment-hosted Stratiform Copper and vein-hosted deposits in the Variscides of southwest Ireland as well as the southern sector of the Irish Midland orefield. In the effort to define the source of hydrothermal fluids, as well as ore forming components (S, Cu) of southern Ireland copper deposits, cutting edge geochemical tools will be used to determine H, O, S and Cu isotopes and trace element concentration in ore minerals and fluid inclusions. Merging light and heavy isotope data with fluid inclusion microthermometry, ore petrology, and models of MWL/sedimentary sulphur signature will help produce a consistent genetic model for Cu mineralization in southern Ireland.

iCRAG, the new Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences, is funded under the SFI Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. It is supporting >40 new early career research opportunities. Thus, the candidate will be part of a larger well established research team.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in stable isotope geochemistry with interests in mineralogy and economic geology. Prospective candidates can get additional information by e-mailing Dr. Pat Meere ( Applications should include an academic CV, a letter of motivation and the names and contact details of two academic referees to be sent to Dr. Meere. The application deadline is the 1st May 2017. The start date of the position will be in early July 2017.

Post duration: 20 months

Salary: €35,488-€42,394 

Project: Metallogenesis of CU deposits in Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks, southern Ireland

Key Duties and Responsibilities

This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals in terms of the research project and their own career development. The researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI). It is expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the University.

The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a particular emphasis during this stage should include;

* To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader.

* To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to develop research skills and competencies.

* To gain experience in grant writing.

* To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.

* To become familiar with the publication process.

* To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management, business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision).

* To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group, School or College.

* To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.

* To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.

* To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

* To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of a research project.


* A PhD qualification.

* Appropriate research experience.

* Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.

* A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.

* Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.

* A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.

* Ability to work well within a team.

* Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Dr. Pat Meere

Title: College Lecturer

Email Address:

Telephone: 021 4904576

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Dr Pat Meere (Email:, on or before May 1st 2017.

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