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Postdoctoral position in elemental medicine, University of Southern California, USA

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position studying the application of stable isotopes to medical research. The candidate will explore a variety of isotope systems including both ‘traditional’ stable isotope systems (e.g. δ13C, δ15N, and δ33S) and non-traditional isotope systems (e.g. δ65Cu, δ56Fe, and δ66Zn). The candidate will be responsible for developing new analytical protocols for work with biological samples, including both fluid and tissue. Experience in some aspect of elemental or stable isotope analytical chemistry is necessary. Experience in ICPMS or similar techniques is desired, particularly experience in multi-collector ICPMS. This interdisciplinary project requires a candidate with an ability to communicate clearly across a wide range of subject areas from isotope geochemistry to medicine, and with a passion for analytical excellence applied to the science of human health.

The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team at the University of Southern California, based in the John Lab and including collaborators both from the Department of Earth Sciences and the Keck School of Medicine. Interested applicants should contact Professor Seth John, sethjohn@usc.edu.

Geochemistry Research Technician, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Geochemistry Research Technician
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance. We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK. The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines.

The applicant should have skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification and experience in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and ideally analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

This post is a permanent position. Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/research/groups/geochemistry.page#group_overview). For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (gavin.foster@noc.soton.ac.uk).

For further information and applications: https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?id=15338&forced=1

Postdoctoral Fellowships, FWO - Odysseus programme, Belgium

The FWO Odysseus programme supports outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Flanders. The programme provides start-up funding in order to develop a research group within a Flemish university or to set up a research line and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research establishment.

 Profile and conditions:

  • The subsidy is spread over 5 years and includes the salary cost for supporting staff, equipment and bench fees. This breakdown is purely indicative, because the researcher under this programme is entitled to freely dispose of the financial resources.   Salary costs and remunerations of the Odysseus beneficiaries are borne by the host institution. Otherwise the same guidelines as for FWO projects apply.
  • The subsidy is used for two types of start-up funding:

Odysseus Group I:

    • for researchers who are internationally recognised as pioneers in their field and who already have a position at a foreign university
    • research funding: €400,000 to €1,500,000/year (€2,000,000 to €7,500,000 for the 5-year period)

Odysseus Group II

    • Researchers who have at least 3 years' post-doctoral experience abroad and whose work has convinced leading colleagues in the field that they have potential to develop a leading international position.
    • Research funding: €100,000 and €200,000/year (€500,000 to €1,000,000 for the 5-year period)
  • Only the Flemish universities can, potentially in cooperation, nominate candidates at the FWO.

To be considered an eligible candidate:

  • you have been employed by a foreign institution for at least one year before the date of the application.
  • you have for at least three years been affiliated to a foreign institution in the last five years ('foreign' here meaning a non-belgian institute).
  • you meet the criteria of excellence, as demonstrated in the CV and bibliography.you submit a research plan at the relevant universities. This plan includes a budget with an indicative breakdown of planned expenses over a period of five years. This research plan is approved by the university or universities and is consistent with the research policy. 
  • In case of a nomination by two or more universities, they should formulate a common proposal.

For further information: http://www.fwo.be/en/fellowships-funding/research-projects/odysseusprogramme/

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