Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Research Assistant Cornwall

University of Exeter
Full Time Cornwall 32332 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

This full time role is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 January 2026.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home. We also welcome job share applications.

Summary of the role

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to provide support for Professor James Scourse in his role as the Head of Department, primarily in relation to his research but also contributing to other activity as needed The successful candidate will contribute to the ERC SEACHANGE Project ( and the CONVEX Blue Seascape Survey ( investigating Holocene sediment cores from shallow marine contexts globally, in particular supporting the generation of age-depth models. The successful candidate will be fully integrated into both project teams. The focus of the SEACHANGE Project is investigating marine ecological baselines in the marine environment, and the CONVEX project is researching blue carbon sequestration and remobilisation from shelf sedimentary basins.

About you

The successful applicant will possess an Honours degree or equivalent qualification/experience in a subject relevant to the field of study e.g. geology, environmental sciences, marine sciences, geography. Some experience of describing and analysing sediment cores would be an advantage.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Professor James Scourse: e-mail [email protected].

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
Professor Lisa Roberts
$100 to $500 million (USD)
1001 to 5000 Employees
College / University
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