Ph.D. Student Opportunity in Clumped Isotope Geochemistry at Texas A&M University

21 Sep 2016

Ph.D. Student Opportunity in Clumped Isotope Geochemistry at Texas A&M University

 The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University, the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility (SIGF) in the College of Geosciences, and the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems are pleased to announce the availability of a graduate assistantship research (GAR) in clumped isotope geochemistry funded through the Michel T. Halbouty Chair in Geology.  Clumped isotopes (the preferential bonding of two rare isotopes in a single molecule such as 13C and 18O in carbonate minerals) provides a unique paleothermometer for surface and subsurface processes.  The successful candidate will help develop a new clumped isotope facility for carbonates funded by Texas A&M University.  Research would focus on clumped isotope studies in one or more of the following: basin thermal history, carbonate diagenesis, and deep-time paleoclimates.

 GAR funding is guaranteed for three years, with additional funding likely through fellowships and teaching assistantships.  Applicants should have a strong academic record with a solid background in chemistry/geochemistry and a familiarity with instrumentation.  Preference will be given to candidates with (1) stable- and especially clumped-isotope experience, (2) excellent analytical and communication skills, and (3) an eagerness to solve scientific problems.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Ethan L. Grossman (e-grossman@tamu.edu) and should apply at http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply.  Texas A&M, with about 60,000 students, is one of the largest universities in the U.S.A. and one of only 17 with Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant designation.  The College Station/Bryan metropolitan area, located 90 miles northwest of Houston, is a vibrant community with a population of more than 255,000. Detailed information regarding Texas A&M University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, the Stable Isotope Geosciences Facility, and the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems is available at the following links: http://www.tamu.edu/, http://geoweb.tamu.edu/, http://stableisotope.tamu.edu/, and http://berg-hughes.tamu.edu/.