PhD opening

Dear colleagues,

The ERC Impact group in Lyon, France has one PhD opening starting not later than September 1st, 2018.

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. The position is to study the supercritical state of major rock-forming minerals. The successful candidate will perform first-principles molecular dynamics simulations 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 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 addressed to Dr. Razvan Caracas ( 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. A competitive package of salary and employee benefits is offered.

Please mention in your application the website or mailing list where you found the offer and the reference PhD3impact.

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