[ES_JOBS_NET] Fully funded PhD position in clumped and radiogenic isotopes

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Thu Nov 13 14:34:37 MST 2014

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From: John, Cedric M <cedric.john at imperial.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

 *Department of Earth Science and Engineering*

*PhD Studentship in **reconstructing the thermal history of sedimentary
basins by combining clumped isotopes and radiometric dating methods*

*Duration: 42 months*

*Supervised by Dr Cédric John (Imperial College), Professor Randall Parish
(BGS) and Dr Dylan Rood (Imperial College).*

The thermal history of hydrocarbon bearing basins is of great interest to
the oil and gas industry because it pertains to organic maturation, but
also to the relative timing of cementation and fluid flow through the
reservoir. The carbonate group at Imperial College has an opening for a PhD
candidate who will be tasked with investigating the feasibility of
combining clumped isotope temperatures obtained from carbonate phases with
absolute dating methods using radiometric isotopes. The successful
candidate will use the novel clumped isotope established at Imperial
College (http://www.carbonateresearch.com/clumpedLab) to measure
temperatures in several components of carbonate cores. This will constrain
the thermal history of the basin. In addition, the candidate will also test
various radiogenic parent/daughter isotope systems in order to select the
most appropriate one to obtain absolute dates. The goal is to test the
feasibility of combining clumped isotopes temperatures with absolute
geological ages, in order to build a well-constrained burial curve.

This exciting project is at the forefront of stable and radiogenic isotope
sciences; it will provide many analytical challenges and will involve some
numerical work. An ideal candidate for this post holds a first class degree
in geosciences or related fields, and has strong interests in isotope

The project is an integral part of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage
Research Centre (QCCSRC: www.imperial.ac.uk/qccsrc)
<http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/qatarcarbonatesandcarbonstorage>, and is
financed by Qatar Petroleum, Shell, and the Qatar Science and Technology
Park. The successful applicant will be encouraged to collaborate with other
QCCSRC team members and other academic staff members, publish the research
results in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals and present
the research results at relevant national and international scientific and
professional conferences, sponsor meetings, and help with administration
and report writing.

This is a fully funded position. It will cover Home/EU and international
student tuition fees and pay a non-taxable bursary of £18,000 per year. All
analytical costs and travel costs are covered as well, and the student will
be required to travel to the Middle East to present their results to our
industrial sponsors.

For informal inquiries about the positions and to apply, please email, Dr
Cédric John, cedric.john at imperial.ac.uk. Applications must include a CV,
grade transcripts, and a cover letter stating research interests and
motivations for applying to this project.

For application details please contact Samantha Symmonds (E-mail:
sam.symmonds at imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 207 594 7339).


*Closing date: 31January 2015 to start as soon as the candidate is
available  *

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