Dear colleagues,


The Department of Geography at Durham University seeks to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Organic Geochemistry and Palaeoclimate to join the research team led by Professor Erin McClymont as part of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded project 'ANTSIE'. The post is fixed term for 3 years.


The ANTSIE project (ANTarctic Sea Ice Evolution from a novel biological archive) aims to reconstruct sea-ice histories in the eastern Weddell Sea, from the Last Glacial Maximum to present. ANTSIE will combine investigations into snow petrel foraging, geochemical characterisation of preserved snow petrel stomach oils (sometimes referred to as ‘Antarctic mumiyo’), and sea ice modelling. The project team includes 2 PhD researchers, 2 PDRAs, a technician, and investigators at both Durham University and the British Antarctic Survey.


The overall aim of this PDRA position will be to reconstruct changes to snow petrel diet and sea-ice conditions using stable isotope and organic geochemistry (biomarker) analysis. The PDRA will identify and reconstruct key prey species and changes in the sea ice environment through time. The PDRA will focus on characterising a range of lipids and fatty acids, and will undertake both bulk and compound-specific isotope analysis. The PDRA will also apply trace metal analysis to support the organic geochemistry work.


For informal enquiries please contact Professor Erin McClymont ([log in to unmask]). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.


To apply: please use the Durham University Vacancies Site ( The reference number for the position is 20000559.


Closing Date: 29th October, 2020. 11:59:00pm.


Best wishes,