Friday, September 16, 2011

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Lunar Petrology and Geochemistry

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in lunar petrology and geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) at Washington University in St. Louis.  The primary focus of the position will be to use standard petrographic techniques to characterize lunar-meteorite breccias with the goals of constraining models of formation of the crust and modification by impacts.  Much of the work will involve mapping and analysis of thin and thick sections using our state-of-the-art JEOL JXA-8200 electron microprobe.  Opportunities exist to collaborate on investigations involving geochronology and geochemistry of lunar meteorites and Apollo samples.

Experience in the following areas is preferred:  igneous and impact petrology and geochemistry, preparation of samples for analysis, use of an electron microprobe, and use of Adobe Photoshop®.  Previous experience with planetary materials is not required.  The initial appointment will be for one year with an option to extend to two years.

Applicants should send a current curriculum vitae, including publication list, statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Randy Korotev.  

A Ph.D. in geology, planetary sciences, chemistry, or physics is required at the time of appointment.  The position will be available starting November 1, 2011, although later dates of appointment can be negotiated; the position will remain open until filled.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Randy L. Korotev   
Research Professor
Washington University in Saint Louis
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Phone: (314) 935-5637
Fax:   (314) 935-7361

Mailing addresses:
postal service:                    
Randy Korotev                      
Washington University              
1 Brookings Dr                     
Campus Box 1169                    
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899          

Washington University
Earth & Planetary Sciences
E&PS Bldg, Room 110
St. Louis, MO 63130

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