|£36,024 to £44,263 depending on relevant experience
|1st December 2023
|5th January 2024
We invite applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the team on a 5 year, £3.2M, NERC Large Grant “Feedbacks between mineral reactions and mantle convection”, a project to shed new light on how mineral reactions influence the positions of major seismic discontinuities in Earth’s mantle. Key hypotheses to be explored are: the “dynamic pressure” in the mantle has an effect on mineral reaction and hence the positions of seismic discontinuities, and that stress has a major effect on reaction conditions and again on the positions of seismic discontinuities.
Your role will have two main focuses. The first will be to perform new experiments at mantle conditions (up to 25 GPa, temperatures up to 1800°C) measuring the effect of stress on evolving mineral properties. To understand how the minerals change, we will examine the experimental products to discover the details of structure and chemistry on the scale of individual grains. The second focus is to commission and perform the first experiments on a new high-pressure deformation apparatus. This new apparatus is an upscaled version of the DT-Cup, multi-anvil apparatus (Hunt et al., 2014, 2019, Hunt & Dobson 2017) and is designed to be capable of controlled strain-rate deformation experiments at lower-mantle pressures (>23.5 GPa). With this you will deform samples under controlled stress conditions.
The observations gained from these experiments will enable us to understand how chemistry and stress interact and their effect on the depth of the mantle phase transitions. You will work closely with other team members (Liverpool, UCL, Orleans, Cardiff) to ground-truth their modelling effort. The whole team will contribute to comparing these results to seismological observations (Cambridge).
What you will get in return:
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Name: Simon Hunt
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.
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