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Reference : UMR5243-HELOUR-011
Workplace : MONTPELLIER
Date of publication : Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 24 months
Expected date of employment : 15 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2124.00 € monthly net
Desired level of education : 5-year university degree
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
Development of high-precision analysis of zircon and its mineral inclusions by laser ablation MC-ICP-MS.
- Setting up a mass spectrometry laboratory.
- Analysis of U-Pb and Hf isotopes in zircon.
- Analysis of Sr and Pb isotopes in mineral inclusions within zircon.
- Preparation of fieldwork missions and supervision of team members in the field.
We are looking for candidates with a strong background in isotope geochemistry, great team spirit, scientific creativity, problem-solving capabilities and ability to lead and carry out fieldwork in remote areas, as well as excellent English skills (written and spoken) and motivation to learn French. Experience in operating and tuning laser ablation and mass spectrometry instruments is essential.
The Géosciences Montpellier laboratory is a research unit (UMR5243) supported by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université de Montpellier. On site we have access to a large number of facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, including ultraclean laboratories devoted to chemical preparation and isotope purification; MC-ICP-MS and HR-ICP-MS that can be coupled to 193 nm laser ablation systems; Q-ICP-MS and ICP-OES; IRMS equipped with a microcarbonate preparation device, a pyrolysis furnace and a combustion-reduction reactor; FTIR, Mossbauer and Micro-Raman spectrometers; EBSD, TEM and SEM.
Constraints and risks
Studying minute mineral inclusions in zircon is challenging, and the collection of high-quality data requires extreme care and patience in sample preparation and characterisation, together with stringent measurements and analytical protocols. Some analyses may be carried outside working hours when needed. Fieldwork will be carried out mostly in remote areas.
Experience required: 0 to 2 years
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