Post-doctoral position in Igneous Petrology

The Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Lausanne invites applications for a post-doctoral research scientist in igneous petrology. The broad research themes that are being developed are (i) time-scale studies on plutonic rocks, (ii) Experimental diffusion studies (iii) growth and modification of the continental crust. The successful candidate is expecting to bring in its own research ideas.

Ideally the candidate would start in October or November 2020 for an initial duration of one year. The contract may be renewed twice, each for a period of two years. The maximum duration is 5 years. Employment time: 100%

The successful candidate must have obtained a PhD in Petrology or a related subject. A strong motivation for pursuing research, including collaboration with faculty members of ISTE, a strong background in igneous petrology and previous experience with in-situ analytical techniques (EPMA, LA-ICP-MS and/or SIMS) is required. Previous experience in experimental petrology or field petrology is beneficial. Excellent communication skills in English are required. Working knowledge of French is not necessary at first but the successful candidate must acquire sufficient skills by the end of the first year to be able to assist with practical work.

20 % will be dedicated to teaching assistance in relation to BSc and MSc courses in igneous petrology and in relation to supervising students for their Masters and PhD projects. Development of novel analytical protocols and experimental procedures are desirable. Visit the institute and laboratories at

Please send your application with detailed curriculum vitae, one page of statement of research interest and names and contact details of three potential references to Prof. Othmar Müntener ( in a single pdf file. For full consideration, you must also apply via the UNIL website Please mention your preferred starting date in the cover letter. For further inquiry, contact Prof. Othmar Müntener.

Review of applications will begin in mid-August but must be received by September 15th, 2020.

The University of Lausanne is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 14 July 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.