Postdoc: Organic Geochemistry - Lehigh University

A position for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Organic Geochemistry is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jill McDermott at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States).

The postdoc will have the opportunity to work on a collaborative project funded by the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).This position will be based out of Lehigh, and it involves multi-institutional collaboration with the groups of Drs. Katherine Freeman and Christopher House (Penn State), John Eiler and Alex Sessions (CalTech), James Kubicki (UTEP), Jennifer Eigenbrode (NASA Goddard), Gordon Love (Univ. of CA, Riverside), Gerald Remaud and Richard Robbins (France), and Naohiro Yoshida and Alexis Gilbert (Tokyo Inst. of Tech).  

The Lehigh-based postdoc will assist in the collection of samples during multi-week oceanographic cruises and deep mine field trips. The postdoc will be responsible for generating and analyzing organic geochemistry, volatile chemistry, and novel stable isotopologue datasets, leading the integration of results, and disseminating these results via peer-reviewed publications, reports, and presentations at national and international scientific conferences and professional meetings. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and become involved in other ongoing projects. The successful candidate will be expected to develop additional project ideas in collaboration with the PI and seek additional funding, providing opportunities for disciplinary and cross-disciplinary career development and networking.

Candidates should have completed a PhD in a topic relevant to the described project (or expect to complete by July 2019). Required qualifications include expertise and experience with a combination of volatile and semi-volatile organic geochemical datasets and stable isotope analyses. Candidates should demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, a good record of productivity, and capacity to work collaboratively as part of a team. Desired qualifications include expertise in gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and sea-going or other field experience.

The position is initially available for one year, with target start date of July 2019 (but dates are flexible), with the possibility of renewal for a minimum of two years. Please email a CV including contact information for three references, a cover letter describing your research experience, career goals and fit for the position, and 2-3 copies of representative publications, to Dr. Jill McDermott (, ATTN: Postdoc Search. Applications received by June 15 will receive full consideration.

Recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh has an exciting academic community of more than 520 faculty, ~2000 graduate and ~5000 undergraduate students. Lehigh University is strategically located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 84 miles west from New York City and 56 miles north from Philadelphia, with easy access to both cities. The Lehigh Valley area offers a great mix of urban and rural settings, beautiful landscapes and affordable housing.

15 June 2019
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