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POST-DOC POSITION: MONAZITE GEOCHRONOLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND TECTONIC ANALYSIS

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Position in 
structural geology, petrology, geochronology, and electron microprobe 
analysis. This one-year position (extendable to two years) is 
specifically aimed at the petrologic and structural applications of 
electron microprobe geochronology and trace element analysis. UMass 
has developed an optimized electron microprobe (with Cameca, France) 
that is specifically designed for the exploration of techniques for 
trace element and age analysis of minerals (e.g. monazite, xenotime, 
uraninite, zircon).  This project includes optimization of hardware, 
software, standards and techniques.  Integration of trace elements in 
petrologic systems, and synthesis and analysis of standards for 
calibration, background measurement, and interference studies are of 
particular interest for this position.  The successful applicant will 
collaborate with UMass Geosciences faculty (and associates), and will 
be directly involved with improvements and modifications to dating 
techniques and especially with the application of the new techniques 
to geologic problems, particularly in metamorphosed and deformed rocks.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in geology, must have 
experience with computer programming languages and with various 
computer operating systems (MS Windows, Sun-Solaris).  Must be 
familiar with the theory and application of electron beam 
microanalysis and should have direct analytical experience with a 
wavelength-dispersive electron microprobe.
Please send a letter of application, resume, and two reference 
letters (e-mail or hard copy) to Dr. Michael Jercinovic 
([log in to unmask]), Dept. of Geosciences, University of 
Massachusetts, 611 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003-9279. 
Review of applicants will begin on December 8th, but the position 
will remain open until a successful candidate is identified. The 
University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action Employer/ Equal 
Opportunity; women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.



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Michael J. Jercinovic
Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
University of Massachusetts
611 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01003-9297
E-Mail:  [log in to unmask]
Phone:  (413) 545-2431
FAX:    (413) 545-1200
http://www.geo.umass.edu/faculty/jercinovic/

Electron Microprobe Laboratory
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