PostDoc position in early solar system studies

The Institute of Physics, Space Research and Planetary Sciences and the Institute of Geological Science at the University of Bern invite applications for a Postdoctoral fellowship in the field of early solar system chronology and noble gas cosmochemistry. The research project is funded within the NCCR PlanetS program.

The aim of the project is to date single chondrules from primitive meteorites using the 26Al-26Mg chronometer. The measurements will be performed with the ion-microprobe at the University at Lausanne (SwissSims) on olivine, pyroxene and mesostasis following established procedures. Aliquots of the selected chondrules will also be studied for their mineralogy via micro-ct techniques and will be measured for their noble gas concentrations using the laser extraction system at the University of Bern. Consequently, the successful candidate is expected to be able to gain proficiency in two distinct isotope measurement techniques.

The principal selection criterion for this PostDoc position is scientific excellence. Some expertise in either 26Al-26Mg dating or noble gas mass spectrometry would be an advantage. In addition, the successful applicant should be highly motivated; strong technical and communication skills are essential.

The position can be filled immediately and is guaranteed for 3 years. The application deadline is May 1st, 2019. Salary is according to the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV, a publication list, and contact information of at least two references to: Prof. Dr. Ingo Leya; Institute of Physics, Space Research and Planetary Sciences; Sidlerstrasse 5; CH-3012 Bern; email:

posted: 01 April 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.