Postdoc in Stable Isotopes and Reaction Kinetics

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Location: Indiana, PENNSYLVANIA

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Title Postdoc in Stable Isotopes and Reaction Kinetics
Appointment Status Non-Tenure Track
Department IU Bloomington Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Indiana University, USA.

The project is aimed at using non-traditional stable isotopes to measure reaction rates and understand mechanisms of mineral-aqueous solution reactions. See our recent publications for details (Zhu et al., 2016, Chemical Geology; Zhu et al, 2020 GCA). The project will employ a combined experimental, analytical, theoretical, and modeling approach.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. by start of appointment in the geosciences or a closely related field. A strong background in either stable isotopes or kinetics and thermodynamics is required. Experience performing aqueous geochemical experiments, and using geochemical equilibrium and kinetics models is highly desirable.

The candidate will be based on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, and will have access to an extensive suite of analytical tools, including (MC)-ICP-MS, TIMS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, FESEM, FETEM, XRD, a fully outfitted stable isotope facility. Indiana University has some of the most powerful high-performance facilities in the nation that are free for faculty and students to use. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, and a willingness to explore unfamiliar aspects of the geosciences.

More information about ongoing research in Zhu’s group may be found at: www.hydrogeochem.,

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
• Perform batch and column experiments examining the interactions between minerals and aqueous solutions
• Analyze experimental run products using analytical techniques geared toward both solid and fluid characterization
• Perform spreadsheet computations and geochemical modeling to interpret the experimental results
• Develop and apply theoretical models to decipher the thermodynamics of isotope fractionation and reaction mechanisms
• Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
• Maintain a safe, clean, and functioning laboratory environment for research

Applications received by February 20, 2020 will receive full consideration, but posting will remain open until position is filled.

Basic Qualifications

• A Ph.D. degree in geoscience or a related field within the last five years by start of appointment
• Firm grasp of aqueous geochemistry and/or isotope geochemistry
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Department Contact for Questions

Professor Chen Zhu (

Additional Qualifications

• Research experience in an aqueous geochemical laboratory, preferably performing experiments and analyses
• Research experience in stable isotope geochemistry

Salary and Rank 40,000 - 45,000
Special Instructions

Please attach a 1-page cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, a CV with a list of all publications and research grants, a 1-page research statement summarizing previous research experience, and the names and contact information of at least 2 referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience.

For Best Consideration Date 02/20/2020
Expected Start Date 01/01/2021
OAA # 22002-01

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