Research Scientist - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - (FAC001810)
We seek a candidate who will provide new insights into high-temperature conditions and processes in the early solar nebula through microanalyses of fine-grained inclusions (FGIs) and their surrounding matrix from reduced CV3 chondrites. The main scientific goals are to:
• Determine the record of sequential gas-solid reactions preserved in FGI constituent minerals through nanometer-scale observations of their mineralogy, petrography, microstructures, chemistry, and morphologies.
• Provide quantitative data that constrain the origins and thermal history of FGIs and finally strong constraints on high-temperature environments in the early solar nebula.
• Examine the degrees of secondary parent body alteration based on the characterization of matrix mineralogy and its effects on the primary nebular properties of the FGIs.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
A PhD or equivalent degree at the time of appointment. Experience with SEM, TEM, nanoSIMS, EPMA, and experience in studying refractory inclusions in chondrite meteorites.
Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of the final candidate. All positions at the university are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check.