Department: IU Bloomington Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Indiana University, USA.
The project is aimed at using non-traditional stable isotopes to measure reaction rates and understand mechanisms of mineral-aqueous solution reactions. See our recent publications for details (Zhu et al., 2016, Chemical Geology; Zhu et al, 2020 GCA). The project will employ a combined experimental, analytical, theoretical, and modeling approach.
The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. by start of appointment in the geosciences or a closely related field. A strong background in either stable isotopes or kinetics and thermodynamics is required. Experience performing aqueous geochemical experiments, and using geochemical equilibrium and kinetics models is highly desirable.
The candidate will be based on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, and will have access to an extensive suite of analytical tools, including (MC)-ICP-MS, TIMS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, FESEM, FETEM, XRD, a fully outfitted stable isotope facility. Indiana University has some of the most powerful high-performance facilities in the nation that are free for faculty and students to use. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, and a willingness to explore unfamiliar aspects of the geosciences.
More information about ongoing research in Zhu's group may be found at: www.hydrogeochem.,earth.indiana.edu
Perform batch and column experiments examining the interactions between minerals and aqueous solutions
Analyze experimental run products using analytical techniques geared toward both solid and fluid characterization
Perform spreadsheet computations and geochemical modeling to interpret the experimental results
Develop and apply theoretical models to decipher the thermodynamics of isotope fractionation and reaction mechanisms
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Maintain a safe, clean, and functioning laboratory environment for research
Applications received by February 20, 2020 will receive full consideration, but posting will remain open until position is filled.
A Ph.D. degree in geoscience or a related field within the last five years by start of appointment
Firm grasp of aqueous geochemistry and/or isotope geochemistry
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Research experience in an aqueous geochemical laboratory, preferably performing experiments and analyses
Research experience in stable isotope geochemistry
Department Contact for Questions:
Professor Chen Zhu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OAA #: 22002-01
Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track
Internal Number: 9254
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