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The School is always interested to hear from highly talented and motivated researchers and students looking for long-term opportunities, sabbaticals, research internships and exchanges, and studentships.


Current vacancies

Two NERC Funded postdoc positions working on exciting origin/evolution of life

Eva Stüeken and project partner Rika Anderson (Carleton College) are looking for two postdocs to reconstruct nutrient fluxes and ecosystems around hydrothermal vents over geologic time. One position would be focused on geochemical lab work and experiments under high pressure and temperature to better constrain the mobility of essential nutrients under hydrothermal conditions. The second position is targeting a microbiologist with strong computational background to perform phylogenetic reconstructions of the thermophilic biosphere. The project is funded by NERC, and the two postdocs would be based at St Andrews, UK. 

Postdoc #1: This person will conduct phylogenomic analyses of microbial genomes with the aim of reconstructing the expansion of microbial metabolisms and functions through Earth history (link).

Postdoc #2: This person will work with a new and bespoke hydrothermal reactor facility to constrain the mobility of nutrient elements in aqueous fluids at elevated pressures and temperatures (link).

Hydrothermal Vent


The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is a community of researchers and educators addressing fundamental questions about the past and present behaviour of the Earth, its biosphere-atmosphere-ocean-climate systems, how those have evolved through time and what will be their response under future environmental change. We work in an environment of collaborative science across four main themes: Global Change, Solid Earth & Planetary Science, Earth System Evolution and Economic Geology.