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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Researcher in palynology or geochemistry

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Postdoctoral Researcher in palynology or geochemistry

Postdoctoral Researcher in palynology or geochemistry


Mass Extinction Group, University College Cork

The Cork Palaeontology Group (CPG) is a vibrant and supportive community of palaeontology researchers with a broad range of expertise. The CGP consists of 18 researchers or research support staff, and hosts a range of cutting-edge facilities. In 2023, the CPG was awarded University College Cork’s “Research Team of the Year”. The Postdoctoral Researcher would join the Mass Extinction Group (led by Principal Investigator, Dr Chris Mays) explores the complex interrelationships between climate stressors and continental ecosystems. The Mass Extinction Group regularly publishes in high-prestige journals, including Science, Nature Communications, Geology and Earth-Science Reviews.


Cork, Ireland


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)




Required education

Application deadline
21 June 2024

23 May 2024

Job description

Project summary

Project title. The causes and consequences of deep-time land ecosystem collapse.

Project description. The successful candidate will explore the ecologic and climatic signatures of a major mass extinction event. Data collection will be conducted both in the field and in the lab, and will focus on: 1, plant micro- and mesofossils; and 2, geochemical proxies of past environmental changes. Building upon previously collected fossil and geochemical data sets, this project will form an integral part of a growing research collaboration between Ireland, Australia, Sweden, France and the USA.

Post duration: 2 years.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD qualification in geosciences, plant sciences, chemistry, environmental science or a related discipline.
  • Appropriate research experience, particularly with handling and analyzing quantitative fossil and/or geochemical data sets.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills.
  • Willing and able to undertake geoscientific field work.
  • 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 full details of the role, see job listing on EURAXESS:

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday June 21st, 2024.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

For an information package including full details of the post, selection criteria and application process see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Chris Mays, Lecturer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, tel: +353 (0)21 490 4501; email: