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Digital Mineralogist

Salary £31,995.00
Location Aberdeen
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This is a Fixed Term, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

The James Hutton Institute is an international recognised research centre based in Scotland where we are tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to soil and food & water security; the Institute has a global reputation for soil research and has a world leading clay mineralogy group. This full-time, tenure track post (evaluation of continuation of post after 3 years), represents an exciting opportunity to join this group and help further grow the development of new digital analysis and data mining techniques linked to soil mineralogy.

Main Purpose of Job

To bring new digital data analysis and data mining skills to the Soil Science & Mineralogy group.  To apply these skills to method development and research into soil mineralogy - soil property relationships.  The job will be based around working with digital mineralogical data and other soil property data from the Scottish soils database and archive.  The post will act to combine our current core strength in quantitative mineralogical analysis of soils with digital and statistical methods leading to new ways to use mineralogical data in soil, forensic and catchment science.    The successful applicant will be expected to develop research within the framework of the Institute’s research, commercial interests and current projects but there will a degree freedom to develop his or her own research within this framework. Ideally, we need an individual who has knowledge of mineralogy and in digital and statistical data manipulation with a keen interest in method development. There is also the opportunity to carry out commercial work in partnership with James Hutton Ltd.

Main Duties

To develop novel methodologies to analyse large amounts of soil mineralogy and soil property data and to explore ways of investigating and establishing relationships between property and digital mineralogical data, including mineralogical database development. More generally, the post holder would participate in:

  • Devising new approaches to mineralogical data analysis.
  • Developing the unique value of mineralogical data and skills to the Institutes research themes and science challenges.
  • Interacting with colleagues to develop a wider digital soils@ Hutton platform.
  • Leading or contributing to writing scientific papers for publication in leading international journals and conferences.
  • Helping to prepare grant submissions

Preferred Candidate Criteria

  • Our ideal applicant will be educated to PhD level and have a background in Earth, Physical or Chemical Sciences, with an understanding of mineralogy.
  • Knowledge of instrumental methods such as x-ray diffraction and infrared analysis would be advantageous. 
  • A strong numeracy, computing and statistical skillset is essential and an interest in data mining and data processing methods as applied to spectral methods.
  • We are seeking an individual to contribute to existing projects at the Hutton but also capable of developing a publication record and also with the ability to contribute to and eventually lead new grant applications.

This post will be based at our Aberdeen site, although there may be a requirement to travel to our Dundee site on occasion. All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Benefits offered

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - A confidential service available to support employees and their families with work or personal problems. Providing access to professional counsellors, psychologists, and work-life consultants available to help and support individuals in tackling all types of problems.
  • Annual Leave – Generous entitlement up to 40.5 days a year, with carry over possible and guaranteed time-off for Christmas.
  • Pension - Employer Contribution of 15% in a Personal Pension Plan and employee contribution flexibility.
  • Self-managed hours and Flexible Working – option to manage and spread your working time in line with organisational needs to create a healthy work life balance.

Further information is available from or, for informal enquires, contact Prof. Stephen Hillier (email: )

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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