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Research Fellow in thermodynamic modelling

Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
Appointment will be made on the Irish Universities Association Post-Doctoral pay scale
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

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Planetary Sciences, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
Career Level
Student / Graduate
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Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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A 2-year position is available in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the area of thermodynamic modelling of mantle peridotite. 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 collaboration with Dr Eleanor Green, University of Melbourne, Australia. 


The successful candidate will undertake refinement of the existing KNCFMASTOCr thermodynamic model and will work to extend this model from 6GPa to the transition zone using experimental data collected by LITHO3 PDRA2. This model will be used to investigate komatiite melt generation and reactive transport during komatiite ascent. In addition, the PDRA will investigate developing a multiple reaction thermobarometer approach for garnet-free mantle peridotite allowing thermobarometry of the shallower parts of the lithosphere. The work involves at least one extended visit to the Melbourne for training and collaboration.


The position is funded for 2 years, the successful candidate would ideally take up the position in January 2024. 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

  • Compile and select thermodynamic parameters for new mineral end members.
  • Calibrate and refine activity-composition models using experimental data.
  • Work with PDRA2 to investigate mantle melting and komatiite genesis 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.

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