Center for Meteorite Studies

Postdoctoral Research Associate – MC-ICPMS/Cosmochemistry

The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2017, but can be negotiated. The full-time, benefits-eligible position is renewable on an annual basis (July 1 – June 30) extending to a maximum of 3 years, contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university.  This position comes with a competitive salary and funding for travel to conferences. 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 Thermo Neptune MC-ICPMS and an associated clean chemistry laboratory.  Access to a wide variety of analytical facilities (including a Cameca 6f ion microprobe, a Cameca Ametek NanoSIMS 50L, a Thermo X-series quadrupole ICPMS, a JEOL JXA-8530F electron microprobe, and various other electron microbeam instruments) is also available at Arizona State University. Additionally, the Center for Meteorite Studies houses an extensive meteorite collection, with over 2000 distinct meteorites.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the physical sciences by the time of appointment. Applicants must be within five years of receipt of their doctoral degree to be considered eligible for this position.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with mass spectrometry and cosmochemistry.

To apply, please send (preferably as a single pdf file) a current CV, a brief statement (1-2 pages) of research and training goals, and the names and contact information of three (3) references to Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, Director, Center for Meteorite Studies, at:

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be July 14, 2017.  If not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed.  Inquiries can be sent directly to Dr. Wadhwa.  A background check is required for employment.

Postdoctoral benefits can be found at:

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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