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Research Assistant/Associate in Geothermal Energy

Requisition ID:  4381

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £40,323.00 

Closing Date: 20 April 2020


The role


The Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences group is recruiting a Research Assistant/Associate to join our Energy Geoscience research group to work the subsurface understanding of geothermal resources. Specifically, you will work with regional project partners in the North East of England, and support the assessment of the deep geothermal resource potential across the region. The project is expected to support future research and investment into geothermal energy across the region, and will be part of the broader North East Energy Catalyst which aims to grow a productive, clean economy for prosperous communities.


You will be an enthusiastic team member with significant knowledge and expertise in either subsurface heat flow modelling, or integrated seismic interpretation and subsurface modelling. Key to the project will be the integration of geological and geophysical data. You will be adept at communicating your research findings both to peers and wider non-specialist audiences.


This is a full time post available for the duration of 12 months.


Interviews will take place week commencing 30th April 2020.


If you would like to discuss this role, please contact mark.ireland@ncl.ac.uk.

Key Accountabilities


•    Carry out geological and geophysical interpretations as part of a new project on the geothermal resource potential of the North East of England
•    Develop subsurface models to investigate reservoir and temperature properties 
•    Contribute to ideas, including enhancements to technical or methodological aspects
•    Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications appropriate to the discipline 
•    Contribute to project partner meetings to disseminate research findings users of research
•    Work effectively with team members within the University and with partners from industry and local authorities to achieve objectives.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Understanding of heat flow within sedimentary basins
•    Familiar with the fundamentals of seismic interpretation 
•    Ability to integrate geological and geophysical data.
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity to a range of project partners
•    Ability to work as part of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teams
•    Well-developed interpersonal communication skills that enable you to engage external and internal stakeholders, work effectively in a multidisciplinary team, internal and external stakeholders. 


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Willingness to work in a team environment and support the development of a collaborative research culture.
•    Professional approach with a commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace



•    A PhD (awarded or near completion) in geoscience or related discipline.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 4381


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.