Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

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Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world¹s best young universities. The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the Asian School of the Environment (ASE), invite applications for a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow to work within a newly 5-year NRF funded project “Calibrating the lifetimes of magma reservoirs”.

The project aims at determining the timescales of magma evolution by new experimental calibration of mineral reaction rates, detailed investigations of natural and experimental products using nanoscale analytical techniques, and theoretical modeling. Applicants should have a strong background on analytical methods for chemical and textural characterization of solids including geomaterials at the nanometric scales. The Fellow will be part of a larger team that will study the petrology and geochemistry volcanic rocks using complementary analytical and experimental techniques.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Acquire chemical and crystallographic data of minerals from natural volcanic rocks and from experimental charges, from a variety of scales, including down to a few nanometers. Perform in situ experiments with TEM for the study of phase stabilities and reactions at the nanoscale. Interpret data, write manuscripts, and present results at international conferences. Train and supervise students, and collaborate with other research fellows in the characterization of geomaterials at the nanometre scale.



PhD degree on Earth Science, Materials Science, or related sciences. It is essential that the candidate has demonstrated 5 or more years of experience in the nanoscale characterization of natural and experimental samples using advanced techniques in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) including analytical techniques such as Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), and Electron Diffraction (SAED/CBED/NBED), as well as TEM sample preparation using Focused Ion Beam (FIB). Programming skills are essential (Python, MatLab). Candidate must be self-driven with initiative, scientific curiosity, and interest to work with other researchers and scientists to produce high-quality data. Must be team spirited, able to communicate effectively in English, and interested in engaging younger researchers through one-on-one mentorship in the lab environment.


Interested applicants are invited to submit a full CV, including academic qualifications, research records / work samples and names and contact details of two referees, to

Please address any questions to Dr. Fidel Costa ( or to Dr. Jason Herrin (

We regret that only successful candidates will be informed. Application closes on April 1st 2017.

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