CSH Postdoc in Experimental Sciences




The Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern (csh.unibe.ch) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in experimental sciences. A 1-year extension is possible depending on performance and availability of research funding. For this call, we are specifically seeking a candidate to work in either isotope cosmochemistry (in the lab of the geologist Prof. Klaus Mezger) or mass spectrometry of ices (in the lab of Dr. Marek Tulej and Prof. Peter Wurz). A successful candidate will be chosen competitively from a common pool of applicants for both areas of specialisation.

For the isotope cosmochemistry project, the candidate will sit primarily in the Institute of Geological Sciences (geo.unibe.ch), but participate in the intellectual activities of the CSH. The ideal candidate will have experience in a diversity of laboratory techniques including clean-room procedures, chemical separation of elements and state-of-the-art mass spectrometry using multi-collector TIMS and/or ICP-MS. The Isotope Geology Group maintains two ThermoFisher Scientific mass spectrometers: a NeptunePlus multiple-collector plasma MS and a Triton Thermal Ionization MS. The Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern provides first-class analytical facilities and houses an electron microprobe, Raman and IR spectroscopy, and XRD instruments for sample characterization as well as a gas-IR-mass spectrometers for H-C-O-S stable isotope analyses and Laser Ablation ICP-MS. The University of Bern is part of SwissSIMS (Lausanne) which ensures access to an ionprobe (Cameca 1280HR) for in-situ measurements. The research is relevant to understanding early Solar System evolution. Inquiries for this position should be directed to Prof. Klaus Mezger (klaus.mezger@geo.unibe.ch).

For the project dealing with mass spectrometry of ices, the candidate will sit primarily in the Space Research & Planetary Sciences division (space.unibe.ch), but participate in the intellectual activities of the CSH. The ideal candidate will have experience with production and measurements of ice samples at temperatures of 10 K and above. The Wurz & Tulej group maintains a state-of-the-art laser-based mass spectrometry experiment based on a femto-second laser system, tuneable from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared range of wavelengths. The research is relevant to understanding the icy moons of the Solar System and the origin of biological precursor molecules. Inquiries for this position should be directed to both Dr. Marek Tulej (marek.tulej@space.unibe.ch) and Prof. Peter Wurz (peter.wurz@space.unibe.ch).

To apply, please submit AS A SINGLE PDF FILE the following: CV (2 pages max), statement of past and current research (2 pages max), publication list (no page limit). Applications should be submitted directly to the CSH Director (kevin.heng@csh.unibe.ch). Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the CSH Director. The application deadline is 31st Dec 2017.

posted: 12 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.