We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Petrology to conduct piston-cylinder solubility experiments in conjunction with the recently-awarded NASA ICAR grant, Tracing Rocky Exoplanet Compositions (TREC). TREC is an interdisciplinary grant with collaborations across seven institutions.. Collaborative research on grant tasks will be conducted in the EPIC lab at ASU’s main Tempe campus.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be under the supervision of Dr. Christy Till (School of Earth and Space Exploration) and Dr. Kara Brugman (Facility for Open Research in a Compressed Environment & EPIC lab alum).
The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The desired start date is Spring–Fall 2024. This position comes with a competitive salary, funding for travel and publications, and includes benefits such as health insurance and a voluntary retirement plan.
Dr. Christy Till is a geologist and Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State Universitywho leads a multidisciplinary research program that studies the role of magma in the formation and evolution of planets, known as the EPIC lab. Her research and that of the EPIC lab includes determining the timescales and triggers for eruptions at active volcanoes in the US, including Yellowstone, growing minerals and magma in high pressure and temperature laboratory experiments, and studying likely compositions of magma and crusts on exoplanets. She received her BS & MS at UC Santa Barbara and PhD at MIT and was employed by the US Geological Survey prior to starting at ASU in 2014.
Her work has been recognized with a variety of awards including a prestigious NSF CAREER grant and the 2019 Early Career Award from the Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Volcanology & Petrology Division of the Geological Society of America. Research from the EPIC lab has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, USA Today, and Time and on programs from National Geographic, NPR, PBS, and AZ Channel 12. She also has been elected to a number of scientific leadership positions, including for SZ4D, and the Board of Directors, the Council and section leadership for the American Geophysical Union, the largest professional organization of Earth and space scientists. Prior to her career as scientist, Dr. Till was employed full-time as a professional ballet dancer for five years in two world-renowned companies.
Dr. Till also has deep interests in working for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in academic science and improving science communication. To this aim, she previously served as the Associate Director for an Inclusive Community in SESE where she lead the development of SESE's JEDI Strategic Plan, and was selected to be an inaugural AGU LANDInG Fellow (2021-2023) where she is focusing on re-envisioning the processes around graduate qualifying exams from an equity lens. She also works with a variety of communities at Arizona State University, including at the intersection of the arts and science.