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Postdoctoral Research Position in U-Th-Pb Geochronology

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the development and application of 230Th-U and U-Pb geochronology to low-temperature secondary mineralization associated with fault-related rocks. The proposed research seeks to establish a new approach for directly dating fault-related authigenic materials using complimentary in situ secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and MC-ICPMS (multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry) methods. The postdoctoral fellow would work closely with an interdisciplinary team involving scientists from Stanford and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Applicants should have a PhD in geochemistry or a related field with experience in the application of 230Th-U and/or U-Pb to low-temperature environments.  Familiarity with both SIMS and MC-ICPMS approaches, and a strong background in fault-related deformation and fluid flow are also desired. Experience in developing numerical codes would be beneficial for developing models for fluid-rock interaction within fault zones. The project will involve fieldwork and microstructural characterization of thin-sections using a variety of techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), and electron backscatter diffractometry EBSD. Measurement would be performed with the Stanford-USGS SHRIMP-RG (Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe – Reverse Geometry) instrument and mass spectrometers within Stanford’s ICP-MS facility.  Candidates should also exhibit strong oral and written communication skills.

Contact Name: 
Kate Maher
Contact Email:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a brief statement of research interests, along with a complete CV, and contact information for three references to:

Kate Maher,

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching, and clinical missions.