Research Fellow in Lithium Mineralization

United Kingdom
£30,942 to £33,797
Dec 29, 2020
Jan 28, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Lithium (Li) demand will increase significantly over the next decade, due to its use in batteries for electric vehicles and stationary power storage. Global supplies of Li are currently dominated by salt-lake brines (salars) and Li-pegmatites, whilst additional geological resources include Li-clays, Li-rich borates, and Li-micas in granites. Significant knowledge gaps remain regarding Li mobilisation, transport and concentration in the crust. Largescale processes such as tectonics and climate are crucial influences on Li mineral systems, but their role in Li mineralisation remains poorly known. This project will investigate Li mineral systems using a source-transport-trap-preservation framework.

We seek a Research Fellow to join us in carrying out geochemical and isotopic (Li, B and Sr) studies of samples collected from worldwide Li deposits. There will also be opportunities for fieldwork in Serbia, Turkey and the US once COVID restrictions allow. These studies will help identify the sources and pathways of Li mineralization in existing deposits and provide exploration guidelines for new resources. Applicants should have experience in the geochemical analysis of environmental samples, particularly regarding acid dissolution and ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS analyses of rocks and waters. Well-developed self and time-management skills and the ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing are essential. The Research Fellow will be part of the interdisciplinary project LiFT (Lithium for Future Technology),and will work in close collaboration with other researchers (particularly petrologists and mineralogists from the Natural History Museum).

The position is based in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, which is located at the University of Southampton's Waterfront Campus at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. The post is full time and available for up to 3 years and is available from January 2021.

A PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Geochemistry is essential for this role.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Martin Palmer ( ) or Prof Rachael James ( ). Please apply online at

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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