The Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences of VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has a vacancy for a PhD student in its Deep Earth and Planetary Science research cluster to perform a combined high-pressure experimental and numerical study of the interior evolution of the planet Mercury. The position is fully funded for a period of four years through a Netherlands Space Office grant to Dr. Wim van Westrenen and Drs. Elkins-Tanton and Fei (Carnegie Institution of Washington), and is available immediately. The Institute of Earth Sciences of the Faculty comprises a total of ~35 academic staff, organised in three research clusters. There are 40 technical and administrative staff supporting 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The Deep Earth and Planetary Science cluster is well equipped with state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities. The cluster’s research is characterised by integration of detailed remote sensing and sample work with the application of state-of-the art experimental and analytical techniques. The high-pressure laboratory is equipped with piston-cylinder, multi-anvil, and gas mixing furnace apparatus.
-Candidates should have completed their MSc studies in Earth or Planetary Science, Chemistry or Physics. -Experience with either high-pressure experimentation or numerical modeling, and a good theoretical background are considered advantages. -You should enjoy working in an internationally oriented and interdisciplinary research environment. -Good oral and written communicative skills and the ability to work in a team are important.