PhD student position in meteoritics

We are inviting applications for a fully funded SNSF PhD position at the University of Geneva, using the GeMSE gamma spectrometry facility to analyse short-lived cosmogenic isotopes in meteorites.

The proposed project aims to quantify the flux of small meteorites through the search for fresh falls using a new camera network in Oman (part of the Global Fireball Observatory GFO). Planned in an area with ideal conditions for both sky observation and meteorite collection, the camera network will be a valuable addition to the current worldwide activities to recover meteorites associated with observed fireballs.

The obtained data will be used to calculate the observed flux of small meteorites. The duties of the PhD candidate include fieldwork for searching fresh meteorite falls and camera maintenance, classification and analysis of meteorites using petrographic methods and, for a large part, gamma-spectrometric analyses of meteorites using the GeMSE facility. The project is conducted in close collaboration with Prof Edwin Gnos (Natural History Museum of Geneva), Prof Beda Hofmann (Natural History Museum of Bern), Dr Urs Eggenberger (University of Bern) and the University of Freiburg/Germany.

We seek candidates with a strong interest in analytical techniques and a good background in geology/geochemistry/petrology and computation. The successful candidate has an MSc degree in geoscience or physics. Good knowledge of English is essential. Access to analytical facilities is provided by the universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Freiburg/Germany and Bern.

Application letter, CV with details about research experience, course marks, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of 2-3 potential referees (who have agreed to provide references if requested) should be sent to Prof Edwin Gnos (Natural History Museum, Geneva): edwin.gnos@ville-ge.ch (subject: PhD-meteorite). Evaluation of applications interviews will start end of Mai and continue until the position is filled.

posted: 06 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.