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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellow

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Earth and Planetary Sciences

Position Description

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship focused on the acquisition and study of sediment hosted glasses from ocean ridges. The position would be part of a six year project of Charles Langmuir funded by the European Research Council and the National Science Foundation to obtain long time series of igneous and hydrothermal activity at ocean ridges. There is the potential to obtain the first continuous, high resolution, well dated million year time series of volcanic activity for any terrestrial volcanic system. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in petrology or geochemistry. Desirable experience includes laser ablation ICP -MS, trace element geochemistry, geochemical modeling, studies of young volcanic rocks, and sea-going field work. Candidates need to be able to participate in sea-going expeditions that would likely take place in 2025.

The postdoctoral fellowship is for an initial two-year period, with the possibility of extension. The annual salary is $65,000 with a $1500 relocation cost for the first year. Information about benefits can be found on the Harvard Human Resources website ( . Start time is flexible, but should take place prior to July 1, 2024.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by the time of the appointment.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, two exemplary publications, a < 3 page personal research statement, and three references. Applicants are responsible for providing the referees. Applications and letters are due by December 22, 2023, and should be submitted (along with reference letters) with application.

Contact Information

Dr. Charles Langmuir

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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