[20130831] Research Associate in High-P/T Aqueous Geochemistry/Mineralogy, University of Cambridge, UK

Research Associate in High-P/T Aqueous Geochemistry/Mineralogy (Fixed Term)

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Closing Date: August 31st 2013


As part of the multidisciplinary and multi-institutional BP-supported International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM), the successful candidate will help develop and apply thermodynamic models for mineral-fluid interactions, led by their experimental observations of key systems as they respond to varying high pressure and temperature. Based in the Department of Earth Sciences, the researcher will work under the supervision of Prof Simon Redfern, as well as alongside staff in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. An experimental programme using HDAC methods for in situ fluid-mineral studies employing Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray scattering and spectroscopy will be undertaken as part of a wider programme of work within ICAM. The experimental data will be used to inform and validate predictive thermodynamic models of carbonate - water systems at high pressure and temperature.

Ideal applicants will have experience and experimental expertise in Bassett-type hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC) techniques with an understanding of fluid-mineral systems, alongside light spectroscopic and/or synchrotron X-ray methods. They will be able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills through a track record of relevant peer-reviewed publications and conference contributions. The project will suit a strongly-motivated scientist with a first degree in Earth Sciences, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or Chemical Engineering who should have a PhD in a related discipline and who wishes to develop the application of fundamental cutting-edge science to important applied problems.

Further details may be requested from Professor Simon Redfern. E-mail: satr@cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years, the appointment is for one year in the first instance.

To apply please send a covering letter, CV including emails of two referees and completed CHRIS 6 application form (Parts 1 & 3 only) downloadable from http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6 to The Administrator, Dept Earth Sciences, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EQ.
Email  admin@esc.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LB01515 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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