The Isotope Geochemistry Group of the Institute for Geochemistry and Petrology at the Department of Earth Sciences offers a PhD Position in Noble Gas Cosmochemistry at ETH Zurich University. The four-year doctoral research position includes cosmochemical investigations to evaluate the origin, distribution and composition of the solar system’s volatile elements.
|Scholarship Sponsor||ETH Zurich|
|Scholarships level||PhD Position|
|Award Amount||Not Specified|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Sciences, Mineralogy, Astronomy, Physics|
|Opening date||February 22, 2021|
The work will focus on noble gases and their carriers in various extraterrestrial materials. Noble gases are beneficial to disentangle processes in the early solar system.
Samples to be analysed will include the various meteorites’ constituents but would be complemented with other extraterrestrial material as available. The studies will mainly utilise noble gas mass spectrometry and involve methods to resolve noble gas components in their carriers spatially. Complementary analytical techniques will be applied as required to characterise potential carrier materials better.
Specifically, this project aims to (i) unravel how and which noble gases were incorporated into the matrix, chondrules, and their rims early in the solar system by analysing separates of, e.g. enstatite chondrite materials, (ii) examine the organic matter extracted from particular meteorites with affinities to material from asteroids Ryugu and Bennu, the current targets of sample return missions of JAXA and NASA, (iii) search for evidence in the noble gases for the early solar system dichotomy that has been suggested based on various other isotope observations, or (iv) determine the Ne isotopic composition of interstellar neutral gas.
This is a four-year doctoral research position initially funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to perform cutting edge research. It will mainly consist of laboratory work at ETH Zurich (downtown campus) and collaborating laboratories. The study is expected to result in publications in major scientific journals of the field and presentations at research conferences. The development, set up or application of new instrumental methods or development of data processing procedures will be part of the tasks. Small potential contributions to scientific collaborations, laboratory maintenance, supervision of undergraduates or teaching are expected.
Applications are open
About the group can be found at www.isotope.ethz.ch. For further questions on the position’s details, please contact Dr H. Busemann ([email protected]; no applications).
- We seek a team-oriented communicative individual with interest in planetary science and a grasp for experimental laboratory work.
- A Masters or comparable degree in a subject related to the PhD project, e.g., Earth Sciences, Mineralogy, Astronomy, Physics, or Chemistry with an excellent grade is required, at the latest at the start of the PhD position.
- Good communication and writing skills, including English proficiency and a flexible, reliable, and accurate working style, are essential.
- Experience in analytical research, particularly in mass spectrometry and/or isotope geochemistry, will be advantageous.
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
We look forward to receiving your online application including the following:
- Your CV, including a list of publications if available
- Transcripts and diplomas
- A brief letter of motivation, outlining your interest in and suitability for the position, relevant experiences, as well as your earliest and preferred start date
- The names and contact information of two to four references
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. The selection process starts on March 8, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The work will be available immediately after selection (negotiable).