[20110615] Postdoctoral Research Position, High-Pressure Mineral Physics, Yale University, USA

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in the Yale Mineral Physics Diamond-Anvil Cell group led by Professor Kanani K. M. Lee. Our group conducts experimental studies of properties of minerals and other planetary materials under high pressures and temperatures.  For this project, the ideal candidate will have a PhD in either Earth science, physics, chemistry, or related field and a proven record of accomplishment in the following areas: 1) laser-heated diamond-anvil cell experiments; 2) synchrotron radiation; 3) microbeam analyses; 4) sample synthesis and 5) extensive knowledge of the Earth's deep interior. The successful candidate will conduct synchrotron radiation studies on candidate mantle compositions under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. 

The Mineral Physics Diamond-Anvil Cell group at Yale University is growing and includes resistive and laser heating, glove box, laser-cutting, micro-drilling and confocal Raman spectroscopy facilities.  More information on our group is available at http://earth.geology.yale.edu/~kkl2/.  Additionally, a new electron microprobe has recently been installed in the Department of Geology & Geophysics and will be available for chemical analysis of quenched samples.  The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Review of applications will begin in June 2011 and remain open until the position is filled.  The start date is negotiable, but preferably in Fall 2011.

Applicants should submit a CV, a 1-2 page statement of research interests, and the names of three references to Kanani K. M. Lee (kanani.lee@yale.edu).

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.