Under certain conditions, interactions among individual atoms, molecules, or electrons can produce a collective behaviour that governs processes occurring at much larger length scales. The extension of this dynamic to processes of industrial and geologic importance is largely unknown and warrants further investigation. We are looking for a scientist that is interested in studying such emergent phenomena as these features develop at the interface of fluids and minerals undergoing reaction.
A variety of resources will be made available to the scientist selected for this position. Along with a generous scientific budget, the Department of Earth Sciences has state-of-the-art experimental facilities as well as onsite access to a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), several transmission electron microscopes (TEM), a field-emission microprobe and a nano-SIMS. This project will also provide the scholar with access to high-end, in-situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman spectroscopy facilities in addition to experimental opportunities at international synchrotron radiation sources (inelastic X-ray scattering, Compton scattering).