Postdoctoral Position in Earth Sciences
ETH Zurich
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Postdoctoral Position in Earth Sciences

The Experimental Mineral Physics (EMP) group in the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology (led by Prof. Motohiko Murakami) at ETH Zurich invites applications for a postdoc position in ultrahigh-pressure mineral physics and geophysics.

Our research focuses on the ultrahigh-pressure experimental mineral physics to explore the internal structure, mineralogy and evolution of the Earth and the other planets.

Job description

This is a fixed term 3-years postdoc position with a possible start after July 1st 2024. 

The project will involve high-pressure and high temperature experimental work using a laser-heated or externally-heated diamond anvil cell combined with various laser spectroscopic methods (Raman, Brillouin scattering) and synchrotron X-rays to determine the physical properties of deep planetary materials.

The successful candidate is expected to perform high-pressure and high-temperature experimental research in collaboration with group members, to teach, and to undertake infrastructural tasks. 

The position will be based at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH Zurich (Prof. Motohiko Murakami).

Your profile

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Earth Sciences (or related fields). High-pressure experimental skills using a laser-heated diamond anvil cell apparatus including the ability to develop the optical, spectroscopic, or infrared laser heating system are highly desirable. Candidates who have obtained their PhD within the past two years are preferred. Candidates are expected to have an excellent academic record and be fluent in written and spoken English.


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ETH Zurich is a family-friendly employer with excellent working conditions. You can look forward to an exciting working environment, cultural diversity and attractive offers and benefits.

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Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • a CV
  • publication list
  • statement of research interests
  • the names and contact information of at least two references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. 

Please note that direct communication via email (or phone) may not be preferable in some cases (may not always be feasible). Thank you for your understanding.

For further information about the research group, please visit our website.

Email: motohiko.murakami@erdw.ethz.ch (no applications)

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