Post-Doc Position in Heavy Stable Isotope Geochemistry

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université de geneveJob description: We are seeking a post-doc candidate for heavy stable isotope research at the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences of University of Geneva. The successful candidate will develop collaborative research using our new NEPTUNE Plus multicollector ICP-MS laboratory. His tasks include participation in the maintenance of the ICP-MS, development of new analytical procedures for non-traditional isotope systems, and also participation in helping internal and external users with their analytical work. His own research could be situated in environmental sciences, marine and sedimentary geochemistry, paleoclimatology, ore petrology or related areas.

Participation in teaching and supervision of graduate students at both Master and PhD levels could also be part of the tasks attached to this position. The position is opened for an initial duration of two years, with a possible extension of a third year.

Qualifications: The successful candidate has a PhD in an Earth science discipline obtained in the past three years. He comes with a profound knowledge of one or several non-traditional stable isotope systems (B, Li, Fe, Cu, Zn, Mo, Hg, Cd …) and hands-on experience on a multicollector ICP-MS, preferably on a Thermo Scientific NEPTUNE. Experience in laser ablation would certainly be an asset. He has already a track record of scientific activity demonstrating his ambitions to pursue an academic career. The candidate must be capable of communicating fluently in English, and of interacting with technical and administrative personnel in French.

Contact: Any interested individual is kindly asked to contact either Prof. Urs Schaltegger ( or Dr. Massimo Chiaradia ( for further information. The position will be filled as soon as possible, starting date at the earliest convenience. The annual salary is of CHF 69’000-75’880, depending on the preceding scientific experience. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of your research interest, names of at least 2 references, and either a copy of the PhD diploma or a letter confirming the date of the thesis defense have to be submitted by e-mail to Urs Schaltegger ( The position stays open until filled.

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