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Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Isotope Cosmochemistry

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: School of Earth and Space Exploration


Tempe, Arizona

Open Date

May 17, 2024


The Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar in Isotope Cosmochemistry.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory (ICGL) directed by Professor Meenakshi Wadhwa in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in research projects in the area of isotope cosmochemistry through investigations of meteoritic and planetary materials and their components. Ongoing research projects in the ICGL include understanding the chronology of early solar system events via application of high-resolution extinct chronometers (particularly 26Al-26Mg and 53Mn-53Cr), tracing geochemical reservoirs and dynamics in the protoplanetary disk via characterization of non-mass dependent isotopic anomalies (such as 50Ti and 54Cr), and understanding nebular and asteroidal processing through the characterization of mass dependent isotope fractionation of the stable isotopes of a variety of elements.

Analytical facilities in the ICGL include a state-of-the-art multicollector ICPMS, associated clean chemistry laboratory for low-blank sample preparation and an Excimer laser ablation system for in situ isotopic analyses. Access is also available to other analytical facilities at ASU including Cameca IMS-6f and NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobes, quadrupole ICPMS, electron microprobe and SEM.

The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent annual renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The estimated start date is July 2024. This position comes with a competitive salary, funding for travel to relevant conferences and health benefits coverage.

About the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)

SESE is an interdisciplinary school, bringing together all of Earth and space science at ASU, including astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, and geology, as well as science education and engineering for exploration. Read more about SESE at https://sese.asu.edu/

About Arizona State University

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit http://www.asu.edu


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in the physical sciences and experience with mass spectrometry by the appointment start date.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience and expertise in area of isotope cosmochemistry.
  • Applicant should be within 4 years of receiving PhD.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your application at http://apply.interfolio.com/146483 to include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Contact information (name, email address and phone number) for three references
  • Curriculum vitae with a publication list
  • A statement of past research accomplishments and future research goals (three pages or less).

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be June 17, 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.

Postdoctoral benefits can be found at: https://cfo.asu.edu/new-employee-orientation https://graduate.asu.edu/postdocs/welcome-postdocs

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, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

(See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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