Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University, Job Number 10542. Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies. Anticipated start date: December 1, 2013. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in research in isotope cosmochemistry and in the development of new analytical techniques with multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Ongoing research projects include the investigation of a variety of meteoritic materials towards the development of fine-scale chronometers based on short-lived radionuclides, as well as characterization of mass dependent fractionation of the stable isotopes of a variety of elements (to constrain nebular and asteroidal processing) and non-mass dependent isotopic anomalies (to identify possible nucleosynthetic sources). The Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory in the Center for Meteorite Studies includes a ThermoNeptune MC-ICPMS (equipped with a Photon Machines excimer laser ablation system) and an associated clean chemistry laboratory for ultra low-blank sample preparation. Access to a wide variety of analytical facilities (including a Cameca 6f ion microprobe, a Cameca NanoSIMS 50L, a Thermo X-series quadrupole ICPMS, a new JEOL8530F electron microprobe, and various other electron microbeam instruments) are also available at Arizona State University. Additionally, the Center for Meteorite Studies houses an extensive meteorite collection, with over 2000 distinct meteorites.

The hire will be for an initial period of one year, with renewal for up to two additional years. This position is not funded from state sources and may terminate when funding is no longer available. Renewal is based on performance and availability of funds. A Ph.D. in the physical sciences and experience with mass spectrometry is required; experience in cosmochemistry is not a requirement, but is highly desirable. Applications via e-mail are encouraged. Applicants must submit a current CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of 3 references to: Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, Director, Center for Meteorite Studies, at: Alternatively, applications may also be sent to the attention of Meenakshi Wadhwa at: Center for Meteorite Studies, PO Box 876004; Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ 85287-6004. Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2013; if the position is not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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