Researcher – AR3004NB

We are looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher in isotope geochemistry and paleoclimate to join our project TONIC: Solving the Oligocene Icehouse Conundrum, a collaborative NERC Large grant with colleagues at UCL, Southampton, Bristol, and Exeter.  TONIC’s aim is to understand the link between atmospheric CO2, global climate, and ice volume during the enigmatic Oligocene epoch, which spans 34-23 million years ago. 


The post-doctoral Researcher will measure boron isotopes in foraminifera to reconstruct ocean pH and atmospheric CO2, filling a critical gap in records of Cenozoic CO2 and climate, and improving understanding of climate sensitivity and ice sheet vulnerability.


The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in Earth Sciences or related field with expertise in geochemistry. Strong candidates will have technical expertise in clean lab geochemistry and isotope analysis by MC-ICPMS, and it will be desirable to have expertise in the geochemistry of Earth’s surface environment or paleoclimate. The postdoctoral researcher will join a dynamic cohort of researchers within the St Andrews School of Earth & Environmental Sciences.


The post is available until 30 June 2027, starting September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays
  • Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions
  • A hybrid working environment, including partial homeworking where appropriate and a range of family friendly policies
  • Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services
  • Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel
  • Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff, access to training and development opportunities including LinkedIn Learning, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme
  • A range of wellbeing initiatives including membership of Peppy, a health application that connects staff to expert practitioners and personalized support on health matters

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr James Rae (


Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.  


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:


Closing Date: 31 July 2024


Interview Date: Week commencing 12 August 2024


Please quote ref: AR3004NB


Further particulars:AR3004NB FPs.doc


School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Salary: £37,099 - £40,521 per annum

Start Date: 1 September 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter (negotiable)

Fixed term: Until 30 June 2027

Full-time: 36.25hrs per week


Researcher – AR3004NB
School/Unit: School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Posted: 21/06/2024
Closing date: 31/07/2024
Closing time: 23:59