PhD Research Assistantship in Experimental Geochemistry
Mississippi State University
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Type: Full Time
The Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University (MSU) is looking for a highly motivated candidate for graduate assistantship (PhD) to conduct research in experimental geochemistry at MSU and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The assistantship is fully funded for 3 years by DOE NEUP Program (starting in January 2022). The student is expected to perform research both at MSU and LANL spending comparable time at those institutions. The student is expected to develop close collaboration with scientific teams at LANL and MSU.
The project aims at the development of general understanding of the properties of phosphate minerals, their structures, and their stability in aqueous and hydrothermal systems. The main focus of the project is evaluating the ability of phosphate minerals to incorporate iodine and uranium in their structures. The successful candidate is expected to conduct experiments on apatite crystallization from uranium and iodine bearing fluids; conduct geochemical and microscopy analyses on experimental products; perform thermodynamic calculations; prepare publications.
The candidate needs to have a MS (or international analog of MS) degree in broad discipline of geology, chemistry, or physics. Preference will be given to a person who has experience in the fields of crystal growth and/or aqueous chemistry as well as in electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and/or spectroscopy techniques.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.