A two-years postdoctoral fellowship is available in Lyon (France) at the Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon (France) for a mineralogist/geochemist interested in the origin of life. The position is jointly funded by the LabEx LIO (http://lio.universite-lyon.fr/) and the French ANR. The successful applicant will investigate the role of hydrothermal conditions on the adsorption and polymerization of nucleotides and aminoacids onto mineral surfaces relevant to the primitive Earth’ environments. This should contribute to put constraints on the kind of geological environment that may have witnessed some steps of the emergence of life on Earth. He/she will be part of a very dynamic and interdisciplinary team with complementary experimental, analytical and theoretical skills in mineralogy, chemistry, physical chemistry and geology.
Desired qualifications include a strong background in experimental mineralogy and/or (geo)chemistry; experience with spectroscopic methods (Raman, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, RMN) and hydrothermal technologies; knowledge in mineral surface characterization.The successful candidate is expected to work in both independent and collaborative group environments and to be self-motivated to accomplish the research goals. The start date shall be between June, 1st and October, 1st 2016 (can be discussed). This position comes with funding for travel to domestic experimental and analytical facilities and international conferences. The net salary 28000-30000 €/year depending on experience includes health insurance and social benefits. To apply, please submit a single PDF document to Isabelle Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) incorporating the following: a cover letter, contact information for two references, curriculum vitae with a publication list, and a statement of past research accomplishments and future research goals (two pages or less). Complete applications will be reviewed beginning March 15th, 2016 and then every two weeks until the position is filled.
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