Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Experimental Petrology

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Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for one Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Petrology.

This position will conduct piston-cylinder solubility experiments in conjunction with the recently-awarded NASA ICAR grant, Tracing Rocky Exoplanet Compositions (TREC). TREC is an interdisciplinary grant with collaborations across seven institutions. Collaborative research on grant tasks will be conducted in the EPIC lab at ASU’s main Tempe campus.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be under the supervision of Dr. Christy Till (School of Earth and Space Exploration) and Dr. Kara Brugman (Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment). A successful applicant will conduct research, document results, write journal articles, and present their work at scientific meetings.

The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The desired start date is Spring–Fall 2024. This position comes with a competitive salary, funding for travel and publications, and includes benefits such as health insurance and a voluntary retirement plan.

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Minimum qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. in geological/planetary sciences/astronomy with an emphasis on planet formation, igneous petrology, geochemistry, or a similar field by the time of appointment.
  • Candidate is within five years of receipt of Ph.D.
  • Experimental experience e.g., PC, MA, CSPV, IHPV, TZM
  • Commitment to working with faculty, staff, students, and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter.

Desired qualifications include:

  • 2 years experience with the piston-cylinder apparatus
  • Strong background in igneous petrology and geochemistry, or similar field
  • Background in planet formation and/or exoplanets, or similar field
  • Strong publication record
  • Record of research and/or development accomplishment
  • Works well with collaborators and team, as well as capable of independent work
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills, problem solving skills, and a growth mindset

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to to submit an application that includes the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae that includes a list of refereed publications and manuscripts in progress
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees who are familiar with the applicant's technical abilities and research experience
  • Statement of experimental experience and research interests (≤ 2 pages)
  • Statement describing commitment to the principles of the ASU Charter (≤ 1 page)

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be March 12, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

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A background check is required for employment. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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