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Postdoctoral Opportunity

Post-doctoral Research Associate Positions in Experimental Petrology and High-temperature Geochemistry at Rice University

The experimental petrology group (ExPeRT: of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University has openings for two post-doctoral research associate positions.

For position #1, the research topics are somewhat flexible. However, the new research project is expected to complement the ongoing research activities in the group on topics of cycles of major volatiles carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, and water in the planetary interiors including early Earth differentiation, magma ocean volatile cycles, mantle melting on Earth and other rocky bodies of the Solar System and beyond, generation of magmas in various tectonic settings on Earth based on major and trace element geochemistry, mantle redox, and volcanic degassing.

Position #2, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, is part of a collaborative research initiative CLEVER Planets ( Topics of potential research include, but not limited to (a) cycles of CHNOPS during accretion and differentiation of rocky planetesimals, planetary embryos, and planets relevant for the Solar System and other exoplanetary systems, (b) fates of volatiles during parent body processing, (c) magma ocean-atmosphere co-evolution, and (d) mantle melting and fates of volatiles as a function of variable redox. The candidate recruited in this position will be encouraged to collaborate with other members of the team including geochemists, geodynamicists, planetary scientists, and astrophysicists and will be expected to take part in collaborative activities both within the CLEVER Planets team and also as a member of the NASA research coordination network NExSS (

For both positions, the successful applicant should have a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences or another related field of physical sciences, an interest in and knowledge of current research into the earth and planetary processes. Strong quantitative background, numerical, and communication skills are required. Although not a requirement, the candidate will benefit from having experience in one or more of the following experimental and analytical techniques – piston cylinder device, multi anvil apparatus, cold-seal pressure vessel, electron microprobe, EPMA, SIMS, FTIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and other relevant microanalytical techniques.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year with an option of renewal for one or two more years based on performance and the availability of funding. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Application received by the end of October, 2020 will be given full consideration.

Interested candidates should feel free to contact Rajdeep Dasgupta ( for more information. To apply, the candidates should send a CV with publication records, a brief statement of present and future research interests, and the names of 3 references as a single PDF.

Rice is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Wiess Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. We are seeking candidates with independent research interests that intersect with one or more faculty within our department and who contribute positively to the diversity of the department through outreach or other means. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, but candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than 3 years before their start date at Rice.

The research fellowships will be supported for two years, pending satisfactory progress during the first year, and covers an annual stipend of $60,000 with a benefits package and an additional annual discretionary research allowance of $3,500.

Applicants are requested to develop a proposal of research to be undertaken during the fellowship period. The principal selection criteria are scientific excellence, a clearly expressed research plan to address questions at the forefront of their field of study, research synergies with at least one faculty, and a commitment to fostering diversity in their field of research. The proposed research should encompass independent research ideas and explore new directions beyond the applicant’s Ph.D. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals demonstrate independence and originality, and also the potential for collaboration with one or more faculty in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

Application are no longer being accepted at this time.

The application should include the following documents:

* A current CV, including a list of publications

* A brief synopsis of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation (no longer than one page).

* A brief diversity statement that explains the applicants’ interest in, experience with, and/or planned commitment to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their field of research (no longer than one page)

* A concise research proposal (no longer than three pages, including figures, excluding references) describing the applicants research interests, specifically the research that the applicant would like to pursue at Rice

* The names of potential Rice faculty who could serve as postdoctoral mentors for the

* “Applicants are responsible to ensure that three letters of reference are submitted to Rice University (via Rice Works). The deadline for letters is one week after the application deadline.

Following acceptance, the appointment may begin any time before 1 January, 2022. Questions, including regarding reference letters, can be addressed to

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