PhD and Postdoctoral positions in geochemistry
The Geochemistry Group of the Institute of Earth Sciences University of Iceland (http://earthice.hi.is/) invites applications for one Ph.D. and two Postdoctoral positions in the field of geothermal, isotope and experimental geochemistry. The positions are part of the GECO (https://geco-h2020.eu/) and GeoSmart projects funded within the framework of Horizon 2020.
This position focuses on water-rock interaction and stable isotope systematics of carbon in geothermal fluids and carbonates. The motivation relates to the injection and sequestration of CO2 into geothermal systems and to better understand natural sources, fluxes and reactions of carbon in such systems. Planned experimental work will assess stable isotopic fractionations occurring between CO2, dissolved carbon and mineral carbonates under geothermal conditions and the application of the results to monitor CO2 sequestration upon injection into natural geothermal systems. The precise topic of the Ph.D. study can be adapted to the interests of the candidate. The applicant must have completed a master degree in geosciences or a related field, developed good laboratory skills and have excellent English language skills both written and spoken. The position is funded for three years.
Postdoctoral position 1
This position is focused on non-traditional stable isotope systematics of geothermal fluids and minerals and their use to quantify water-rock interaction. A key part involves the characterization of non-traditional stable isotopic systematics of geothermal fluids and minerals and development of geochemical tools to trace elemental sources and water-rock interaction processes occurring in geothermal systems. The project will combine both field and laboratory work targeting several natural geothermal systems in Iceland and elsewhere. The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geochemistry or a related field, developed excellent laboratory skills, including working in a clean laboratory environment and doing stable isotope analysis, and have excellent English language skill both written and spoken. The position is funded for two years with possibility of extension.
Postdoctoral position 2
This position focuses on water-rock interaction, scaling and silicon isotope systematics of geothermal fluids and minerals. The motivation is related to the characterization of silicon isotopic variability of geothermal fluids and minerals and optimization of geothermal energy utilization by controlling mineral scaling. Planned experimental work will access both kinetic and equilibrium silicon isotope fractionation between dissolved and mineralized silica and the application of the results to trace silica mineralization during geothermal fluid utilization. The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geochemistry or a related field, developed excellent laboratory skills including experimental work and have excellent English language skill both written and spoken. Some experience working in a clean laboratory environment and performing stable isotope analysis is preferred. The position is funded for two years with possibility of extension.
For further information and enquiries contact Dr. Andri Stefánsson (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Sæmundur A. Halldórsson (email@example.com). All applications, which need to include a letter of motivation referring to one or two of the aforementioned positions, curriculum vitae and names of two references, shall be send to Dr. Stefánsson. Applications are open until July 1st 2019 or until the positions are filled.