The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct ab initio molecular dynamic (MD) simulations to determine the speciation
of REE in high temperature supercritical fluids. This work includes the use of high performance computing
facilities at LANL in close collaboration with Dr. Dub. This Postdoctoral Fellowship has the option to include
hydrothermal laboratory experimental work using X-ray absorption spectroscopic (XAS) techniques combined
with hydrothermal diamond anvil cells (HDAC), and apply for beamline time and travel to the GSECARS facility
in Chicago for XAS-HDAC experiments. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be writing research publications for
peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences. This position is hosted at New Mexico Tech with
Alexander Gysi as supervisor, but includes collaborations with our partners in the new U.S. geoscience critical
minerals experimental – thermodynamic research hub between New Mexico Tech (NMT), Los Alamos
National Laboratory (LANL), and Indiana University Bloomington (IUB). As such, the Postdoctoral Fellow will
be expected to travel yearly with up to 5 months internships at LANL.
Ph.D. or other doctorate level equivalent. - Area of study: Geochemistry/Chemistry/Geosciences/ Computer
science. Molecular simulations and thermodynamic modeling required. coding of python and/or C++
required.X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopy and hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC) desired. UV-Vis
and/or Raman spectroscopy desired. Writing of peer-reviewed articles (first-authored publications) required.
Application details are available on the New Mexico Tech (NMT) jobs page.