Postdoctoral Research Associate in Planetary Geoscience

Post-hydration evolution of C-complex asteroids

About this role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to join our ambitious Planetary Science research group in the School of Geographical and Earth Science at the University of Glasgow. This is one of two PDRA positions we are advertising as part of our Science Technology and Facilities Council funded project: 'The Cosmic Carbon Observatory'. The PDRA will carry out a cutting-edge research project entitled 'Post-hydration evolution of C-complex asteroids'.

What you will do:

  • Identify, characterise and understand the effects of heating and space weathering on the mineralogy and chemical composition of aqueously altered carbonaceous chondrites
  • Apply and develop microanalytical techniques for maximizing the information obtainable from such meteorite samples, including scanning electron microscopy electron backscatter diffraction (SEM-EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atom probe tomography
  • Simulate post-hydration alteration of carbonaceous chondrite samples via laboratory heating and space weathering experiments
  • Apply results to help interpret data from recent asteroid sample return missions and meteorite falls
  • Collaborate with staff and students in the growing planetary science research group at the University of Glasgow
  • Travel to and collaborate with academic institutions and industry partners in the UK and internationally
  • Present results to the scientific community and general public through conferences, peer reviewed publications and press releases

Required skills:

  • Applicants should have a PhD in geology, planetary science or a related field and be able to demonstrate scientific independence and initiative
  • Excellent communication skills and experience presenting research at international conferences and to the public
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work well in a team
  • Experience using high-resolution electron microscopy techniques including one or more of SEM-EBSD, TEM, atom probe tomography
  • Demonstrable scientific writing ability e.g., conference abstracts/peer reviewed publications

Additional information

This is a fixed term position and is funded for three years in the first instance.

Full details, as well as information on how to apply can be found at

The vacancy reference is 078369.

Information about the school and our research can be found at: The University of Glasgow and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. It is recognized that candidates will come from a range of backgrounds with differential opportunities, and this will be considered in the selection process. The school holds an Athena-SWAN sliver award.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Martin Lee (

The closing date for applications is 3 March 2022.

published: 01 February 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.