Postdoctoral Research Associate: Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Nickel-Cobalt Ores

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Dr Hannah Hughes and Prof Jens Andersen at Camborne School of Mines on the Penryn Campus. This EU/UKRI funded post is available from 1st December 2022 to 31st May 2026. The successful applicant will be supporting the EU/UKRI funded ENICON project on developing novel processing methods for Ni-Co ores within Europe.  

The post will include the collection and characterisation of ores, mineral concentrates, process intermediates and waste (including leachates) from various mines and sources, using optical and electron microscopy, in situ mineralogical analytical techniques (Electron Microprobe, LA-ICPMS, QEMSCAN) alongside bulk geochemical analysis (XRF, AAS, ICP-MS). A mass balance approach will be developed to understand the deportment of metals (and potential co-products and deleterious components) and causes of losses. The work will also involve the write-up of operating procedures, technical manuals, progress reports and scientific publications.

About you

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in geology, geoscience or related discipline and with a background in the mineralogy and analytical geochemistry of sulphide and oxide ores. Experience with the investigation of ores by reflected and transmitted light optical microscopy is essential. It is also desirable for you to have experience with electron-probe microanalysis, laser-ablation ICP-MS or equivalent methods. You should have knowledge of health, safety and quality control in laboratory environments.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively with project partners across Europe to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall close to beaches and moorland and with a thriving cultural community.

For further information please contact Jens Andersen, e-mail [email protected].

The closing date for completed applications is 31st August 2022.  Interviews are expected to take place during September. 

Please note that as of 1st September 2022 our colleges and schools will be moving into a new structure which will consist of the following three Faculties – Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, and Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P82993 in any correspondence.