The University of Iowa

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Requisition # 4193

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:
Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Advertising Started on:
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences


$56,484.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:
Full Time

Percent Time:

Position Description:

The Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Iowa invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar position in tectonics and basin analysis. The postdoctoral scholar will work with Dr. Emily Finzel to develop new on-site capabilities in heavy mineral analysis using a newly acquired FE-SEM with EDS, BSE, and CL capabilities and a new high-resolution mass spectrometer and laser system. The instruments will be housed at the University of Iowa Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication (MATFab) Facility. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Dr. Finzel and MATFab technical staff to set up analytical routines to characterize bulk heavy mineral compositions in clastic rocks, as well as the major, trace, and rare earth element compositions of specific mineral species. Opportunities for teaching and field work are available. The successful applicant will be expected to spearhead collaborative research that leads to the publication of peer-reviewed articles, contribute to grant and proposal writing, and help train graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Details:
 The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal contingent on performance up to three years. It is housed within the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Iowa in coordination with Dr. Emily Finzel. The annual salary starts at a rate of $56,484 and includes a benefits package. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2024.

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-page research statement on how their research relates to the project, and (4) names and contact information of three references by the application deadline.

Education Requirement:

Applicants must have completed the requirements for a PhD in a relevant scientific field prior to the start date.

Required Qualifications:

Research interests that align with the lab and research project as described above; strong interpersonal and communication skills (including writing); ability to work independently and in a team environment; attention to detail.

Online Application Required Documents

Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest
One Page Research Statement

Number of References: 4

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Contact Information

Emily Finzel
  • emily-finzel@uiowa.edu

Clas-Earth & Environmental Sci
Trowbridge Hall
123 North Capitol Street
115 TH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Department URL: https://ees.uiowa.edu/


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Institutional Equity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

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