Two PhD openings are available for the IMPACT ERC project. IMPACT aims to retrace the thermodynamic path of the condensation of the protolunar disk, to bring physical and chemical constraints on the impact model, and to characterize the formation of the Moon and of the Earth. These positions are to study the supercritical state of (1) silicate and (2) iron-based minerals. The successful candidates will use first-principles molecular dynamics to compute the equations of state of the liquid, gas and supercritical states, position the supercritical points and/or surfaces, determine the speciation in the fluids, and predict isotope partitioning factors. The positions are open starting with spring 2017.
For both positions, a master degree in Earth sciences, solid-state physics and/or chemistry or materials science is preferred. Computing skills are highly appreciated. Proficiency in written and spoken English is mandatory.
The application should be adressed to Dr. Razvan Caracas (firstname.lastname@example.org). The package will include CV, names of references, motivation letter, including specific interests and prior experience in areas related to mineral physics. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but not later than March 31st, 2017. A competitive package of salary and employee benefits is offered.
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