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Research Fellow in experimental petrology

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Leinster (IE)
Irish Universities Association Post-Doctoral pay scale [€38,632 to €43410 per annum] up to point 5.
Closing date
Sep 2, 2022

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Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

A position is available in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the area of experimental petrology. The project is part of an ERC funded project LITHO3, quantifying the formation and evolution of the cratonic lithosphere. This project is led by Dr Emma Tomlinson and involves collaborations with Prof Mike Walter, Carnegie Institute of Washington and Dr Kate Kiseeva, University College Cork.

The successful candidate will undertake multi-anvil press experiments to investigate phase equilibria to the transition zone in a range of fertile to depleted peridotite compositions. The work involves several extended visits to the Carnegie Institute of Washington to undertake experiments.  In addition, the candidate will undertake piston cylinder experiments to investigate peridotite-melt reaction in the cratonic lithosphere and will work with an MSc student to investigate evidence for melt-rock reaction in natural peridotite samples.

The position is funded for 4 years, the start date is flexible – the successful candidate would ideally take up the position in Autumn 2022 and no later than January 2023. The postdoctoral researcher will form part of an enthusiastic team of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and a research associate and PI. They will participate in regular group meetings (LITHO3 and the Irish Mantle Group) and have the opportunity to attend major international conferences.


Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Design and conduct multi anvil press (phase equilibria) and piston cylinder (reaction) experiments.
  • Prepare and undertake geochemical analysis of experimental run products.
  • Work with PDRA3 to provide constraints for thermodynamic models and to investigate mantle melting at high pressure.
  • Contribute to the development of undergraduate and graduate students through supervision.
  • Disseminate results at international conferences and journals in collaboration with LITHO3 team members.


Funding Information

The LITHO3 project is funded by a 5-year ERC-CoG grant to Dr Emma Tomlinson.


Person Specification

The candidate must have obtained PhD in petrology or geochemistry at the time of appointment. A background in mantle research and/or experimental petrology is an advantage and an interest in the early Earth essential.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

  • Background in mantle petrology or mantle geochemistry (essential).
  • Experience in the analytical study of geomaterials e.g. EMPA, SEM-EDS (essential).
  • Experience of working in a laboratory setting (essential).
  • Knowledge (essential) and experience (desirable) of high-pressure experiments.
  • Competency in basic IT skills (essential) and intermediate data analysis skills e.g. R / Matlab etc (desirable).
  • Experience presenting results of research in written and oral format (essential).

Skills & Competencies

  • Evidence of productivity through research outputs and peer reviewed scientific publications. Prior success working in a team and/or with collaborators. Interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.


Application Procedure

Applicants should submit the following documents to Dr Emma Tomlinson (

  • A cover letter (max 1 page) A statement of purpose and motivation for pursuing this research (1-2 pages).
  • A full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including institutional email addresses).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if required, see

The applications are required to be submitted as one e-mail with all the requested documents attached in PDF format to the Email Address: Please quote the following in the subject heading of the emailed application: “Application for Postdoctoral Fellow (LITHO3 – PDRA2)”. Interviews will be held online.



Further Information for Applicants

URL Link to PI:

URL Link to department:

Informal enquiries: Dr Emma Tomlinson (

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