Postdoc Research Assistant, paleohydrological data analysis, Reading, UK

The University of Reading, UK, seeks a postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) in paleohydrological data analysis to undertake research on the interpretation of isotopic and other sources of hydrological data as indicators of past climate and environmental change.

The post will include involvement in coordinating international research initiatives, specifically with PAGES' SISAL working group.


The PDRA will be employed on the ERC-funded project "Unlocking the past for a clearer future (GC2.0)" which will examine the two-way interaction between the terrestrial biosphere and climate on paleo-timescales in order to realize the full potential of paleoclimate research to improve our understanding and modeling of climate and environmental change.

The post involves the synthesis of paleohydrological data, including contributing to the construction of public-access paleoenvironmental databases, and the analysis of these data in order to reconstruct past climate and environmental changes.

The primary focus will be on synthesis and interpretation of water-isotope records, specifically from speleothems, but the work will also draw on other sources of paleohydrological information such as isotopic records from other archives, lake status data or vegetation evidence for changes in available moisture.

The resulting paleohydrological reconstructions will be interpreted in the light of climate-model simulations of past climates.


The post-holder will be expected to collaborate with members of international paleodata synthesis projects, including the PAGES' SISAL working group, and to play a role in ongoing analyses within the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP).

You will have:

- A PhD in a relevant subject by the time of appointment;
- A good working knowledge of the interpretation of diverse types of paleohydrological data;
- Working knowledge of database construction;
- Practical experience in the analysis of paleodata, including times-series modeling;
- An interest in and practical experience of collaborative paleoclimate research;
- A proven track record of publishing research in the peer-reviewed literature and experience of presenting and communicating science to your peers;
- Good organisation and communication skills, and self-motivation coupled with the ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with international partners.


Please apply before 12 March 2018. If you are interested in the role, the full job description and application link are here:

Further information

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