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Research Associate in Igneous Geochemistry (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a NERC-funded study investigating the geochemical record of Earth's magma ocean crystallisation.

The position is available starting 1 April 2020 for a period of 18 months, with further extension depending on funding. Research will involve transition metal stable isotope analysis of basaltic and other primitive magmatic samples and of high-pressure experimental run products. These analyses will be carried out in conjunction with phase equilibria modelling incorporating stable isotope partitioning. The stable isotope analysis will take place at Cambridge employing a Thermo Neptune Plus MC-ICP-MS. High pressure experiments will be carried out in collaboration with the Carnegie Institution for Science.

The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and join a supportive and expanding research community with expertise in isotope geochemistry, mantle petrology and thermodynamic modelling.

Candidates should either hold a PhD (or equivalent) in igneous petrology, isotope geochemistry, or a closely related field, or have recently submitted a PhD dissertation in that area

Although training in relevant analytical techniques will be provided and the candidate will be supported in learning new analytical, experimental and modelling skills, experience of stable isotope measurement by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry or thermal ionisation mass spectrometry would be advantageous. The successful candidate will also have a track record of publication in peer-reviewed international journals and will have good communication skills in order to present results at international meetings.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2022 in the first instance.

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