Postdoc Experimental Investigations of Atmosphere-Surface Interactions on Venus

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 13 May 2024

3 Apr 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

13 May 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

In the group of Dr. Edgar Steenstra, a laboratory-based Postdoc position is available that is focused on the experimental and numerical investigation of surface weathering processes on Venus and the applicability of the latter to understand Venus' enigmatic evolution.

The Postdoc position is part of the ERC Starting Grant VenusVolAtmos. In this project, we aim to constrain the chemical links and feedback mechanisms between the interior, surface and atmosphere of Venus, using both experiments and thermochemical numerical models. These experiments will be conducted in the new high-pressure, high-temperature lab that is currently being built as part of the Delft Planetary Labs (DPL) at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft. The successful applicant will conduct weathering experiments on Venus surface rocks under a controlled high-pressure, high-temperature atmosphere and develop thermodynamic models to quantitatively describe these processes. The thermodynamic models will provide the basis for novel numerical 2D models of Venus that describe elemental fluxes between interior, crust and atmosphere. The results of this project will significantly aid in interpreting past and future observations of the Venusian atmosphere and surface, and will therefore provide a valuable geochemical framework for upcoming missions to Venus (EnVision, DaVINCI, Veritas).

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with a succesfully completed PhD-project in planetary science/astronomy, geochemistry, petrology, material science and/or a combination of the latter. Expertise in conducting experiments, performing chemical sample analyses and using thermodynamic models is necessary. Expertise in 2D numerical modeling is highly welcomed.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 13 May 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • CV;
  • Cover/motivation letter explaining your interest and your qualifications for this position, and how your skills match the requirements;
  • Copy of your MSc + PhD degree;
  • 300 words abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis;
  • Publication list;
  • Two selected publications;
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge);
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please note:

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

Questions about the position and application procedure can be addressed to Dr. Edgar Steenstra ([email protected] ).

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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