Postdoc Opening

One postdoc opening is 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. This position is to study the behavior of volatiles in the supercritical state of silicate minerals. The successful candidates will employ first-principles molecular-dynamics calculations 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.

A doctoral 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. Previous experience with first-principles calculations and molecular-dynamics is required, as well as solid knowledge of condensed-matter physics.

The application should be adressed to Dr. Razvan Caracas ( The package will include CV, full list of publications, names of three referees, motivation letter, including specific interests and prior experience in areas related to mineral physics. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The position is open starting with autumn 2017. A competitive package of salary and employee benefits is offered.

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MoonImpact is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement n°681818). PI: Razvan Caracas @ CNRS, ENS de Lyon
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