PhD position in Cosmochemistry

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Cosmochemistry at the University of Bern.

The research project will focus on the origin of chondrules and chondrites and their significance for the physical and chemical evolution of the Early Solar System. The study will involve isotope and trace element analyses of chondritic meteorites and their components.

The projects will involve clean room chemistry and multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS) and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) for isotope analyses at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern. The project is embedded in the large interdisciplinary National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS ( Interaction with researchers in Physics, Planetary Sciences and Astronomy is expected. Applications are solicited from candidates who have a MSc or equivalent in Geology or a closely related field. A strong interest in Cosmochemistry, Planetary Science and/or meteorite research and the desire to perform analytical work in the laboratory are expected. Experience in laboratory work and handling of mass spectrometers will be considered an advantage. Very good knowledge of English (spoken and written) is required.

We offer a PhD position in an interdisciplinary, international and dynamic team of geoscientists, physicists, planetary scientists and astronomer based in different Swiss universities collaborating in the framework of the NCCR PlanetS. This position provides an opportunity for the candidate to be creative and innovative, and to work on a challenging topic within modern cosmochemistry.

The position is fully funded for four years commensurate with the Swiss National Science Foundation scale ( The anticipated starting date is June 1st, 2018, or a suitable date to be agreed upon with the candidate.

Applications should be sent before March 15, 2018.

Applications should include:

  1. a CV with details about previous research experience, including an overview of techniques and methods used
  2. details about the motivation to apply for this PhD project
  3. graduation date (or expected date)
  4. contact data of two referees/references.

Please send the complete application as a single pdf file to Prof. K. Mezger,

Contact and further information (preferably by e-mail):

Prof. Klaus Mezger
Universität Bern
Institut für Geologie
Baltzerstrasse 3
CH-3012 Bern , Switzerland
Tel. xx41/(0)31 631 87 89

posted: 17 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.