PhD Position in Early Earth Geochemistry

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland


PhD Position in Early Earth Geochemistry

The Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group at ETH Zürich is accepting applications for a doctoral student position to begin on 1 September 2020 or by agreement. The position includes geochemical and isotopic analyses on modern and ancient rocks and utilizes the state-of-the-art clean room laboratory and mass spectrometry facilities of the group.

Project background

Detailed studies of short-lived radiogenic isotopes, such as neodymium-142 and tungsten-182, have provided a window into Earth’s earliest events. However, the transition of Earth from its early state into the Earth we know today is poorly understood. This doctoral research position utilizes isotopic analyses on modern ancient rocks to understand the timescales over which the Earth reached its modern geological state and to characterize the deep-Earth domains in which geochemical information about these ancient times are stored. Processes that will be investigated include the onset of plate tectonics, the preservation of primordial geochemical signals in the modern Earth, and the assembly of early continents.

Job description

This is a four-year doctoral research position funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s Ambizione program. It will principally consist of laboratory work and two field campaigns to collect geological samples in western India and will result in publications in reputable scientific journals. Support for attendance of professional research conferences will also be provided. The position offers access to excellent classroom and research training opportunities within the group and the Institute, and the opportunity to collaborate with scientists from other countries.

Your profile

You are a self-motivated and independent worker with excellent communication proficiency in English. An M.Sc. degree in geology or a related discipline is required by the time of appointment. Research experience in analytical geo- or cosmochemistry is advantageous.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including:

  • CV, including any publications as applicable
  • Academic transcripts noting a numerical grade point average for your B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees
  • A letter of motivation, outlining your suitability for the position and why you are interested in it
  • The names and contact information for at least three referees

  • Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or post will not be considered. Review of applications will begin on 15 March 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

    For further information, please contact Dr. Bradley Peters at bradley.peters [at] erdw[.]ethz[.]ch (no applications).


    In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 152866.

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