Postdoctoral researcher position in Experimental Geochemistry

The Mineral Resources and Geofluids Group at the University of Geneva invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position funded by the European Research Council.

The project aims to quantify pressure, temperature and compositional effects on the redox-dependent speciation of sulfur in silicate melts and magmatic fluids to facilitate better modeling of the evolution of the redox state of magmas during differentiation and degassing, and the role of sulfur in magmatic-hydrothermal ore genesis. It will involve experimentation with a specialized externally-heated pressure vessel apparatus, in situ Raman spectroscopy experiments at high pressure-temperature and X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

The position is funded for three years and the project starts on November 1st, 2020 or shortly after upon mutual agreement.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, self-reliant and creative individual with demonstrated ability to carry out high-quality scientific research and disseminate the results. He or she will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Earth Sciences, chemistry or related quantitative disciplines at the time of the appointment. Previous experience with high-pressure experimentation and Raman- and X-ray absorption spectroscopy as well as a strong affinity towards method developments is highly desirable.

The candidate will join a diverse, highly active and internationally recognized mineral deposits research group with multiple faculty members, and a dynamic and collaborative department with numerous strengths in related disciplines. Geneva is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 cities in the world with respect to the quality of life, and it offers excellent opportunities for both cultural and outdoor activities.

Applications should include a cover letter, a maximum two-page statement of research interests, a CV, a list of publications, academic credentials including the Ph.D. certificate (if already available) and the name and contact information of three referees in a single PDF file. In addition, an electronic copy of the best publication of the candidate should be provided.

The evaluation of the applications will begin on the 15th of May, 2020 and the positions will remain open until filled. Application files and inquiries about the position should be directed via email to Prof. Zoltan Zajacz (

posted: 16 April 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.