Postdoctoral researcher in ultrahigh-pressure mineral physics and geophysics

100 %, Zurich, fixed-term

The Experimental Mineral Physics (EMP) group in the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology (Prof. Motohiko Murakami) invites applications for a postdoc position in ultrahigh-pressure mineral physics and geophysics. Our research focuses on the ultrahigh-pressure experimental mineral physics to explore the internal structure, mineralogy and evolution of the Earth and the other planets.

Job description

This is a fixed term 3-years position with a possible start as soon as possible after July 1st, 2021.

The project will involve high-pressure and high temperature experimental work using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell combined with various laser spectroscopic medhods (Raman, Brillouin scattering) and synchrotron X-rays to determine the physical properties of deep planetary materials.

The successful candidate is expected to perform high-pressure and hightemperature experimental research in collaboration with group members, to teach, and to undertake infrastructural tasks.

The position will be based at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH Zurich (Prof. Motohiko Murakami).

Your profile

Applicants should have a doctoral degree preferably in Earth Sciences, Physics or a related field and normally have a field of expertise that may be anything in the area of high-pressure mineral physics related to the research topics such as mineralogy, chemistry, or elasticity of deep planetary interiors. High-pressure experimental skills using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell apparatus including the ability to develop the optical, spectroscopic, or infrared laser heating system are highly desirable. Candidates are expected to have an excellent academic record and be fluent in written and spoken English.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a CV, publication list, statement of research interests and the names and contact information of at least two references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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posted: 30 April 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.