[ES_JOBS_NET] 4-year PhD Studentship at the University of Glasgow

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Dec 22 09:10:22 MST 2014

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From: Philippa Ascough <Philippa.Ascough at glasgow.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

 Applications are sought for a fully-funded 4-year PhD position at the
University of Glasgow. *Application deadline 15th January 2015* Please feel
free to forward details to any potential candidates

 PROJECT TITLE: Terrestrial Impact Craters: The 'Cradles of life'?

This project will identify the molecular ‘fingerprint’ and origin of
Earth’s earliest carbon by reconstructing both the transfer of
extraterrestrial carbon to the geological record and the alteration of
terrestrial carbon during meteorite bombardment. These goals will be
achieved through analysis of a suite of meteorites, samples from
terrestrial impact craters, plus material from a series of laboratory
hypervelocity impact experiments. The student will combine ultra-high
resolution isotopic and spectroscopic analytical techniques and expertise
from the biomedical, geological and engineering sciences at Glasgow
University in an entirely novel approach that will isolate and identify
carbon compounds, and their alteration, in meteoritic and geological
samples at unprecedented levels of precision and accuracy. Results will be
assessed by multivariate analysis and intelligent data mining methods in
order to investigate the origins of Earth’s earliest carbon cycle and the
complex carbon forms essential for life. Answering these questions will
transform our understanding of carbon in ‘Deep Time’ and will allow us
exciting new insights into the environment of the Hadean and Achaean Earth,
which, despite comprising over 50% of Earth’s history, remains its most
poorly understood component.
The studentship will cover maintenance grant costs at the research council
recommended rates (£14,002), and a research budget of up to £5300 per

 Further information about the project is given under 'Science and
Engineering' at:

We seek dynamic candidates, able to function across disciplines, but with
sound laboratory and analytical skills. Applicants should hold, or expect
to obtain, a minimum of a UK Undergraduate Honors Degree at 2:1 level or
equivalent (e.g. Bachelor’s degree with good GPA) in a relevant discipline
(e.g. Geology, Earth Science, Chemistry).

 Interested applicants should contact Dr. Philippa Ascough (
philippa.ascough at gla.ac.uk) in the first instance.
Full details of how to apply for the position using the University of
Glasgow online application system are given at:

 Please note that applications should include a statement expressing your
particular attributes and/or achievements and suitability to undertake the
proposed project.
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