Postdoctoral Researcher Opportunity

We’re looking to add a postdoctoral researcher to our team! See the detailed description below

The Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher position to assist with the operations of the Helium Analysis Laboatory (HAL) and to conduct independent research on a range of topics in (U-Th)/He thermochronology. The researcher will work under the supervision of Prof. William Guenthner. The position is a fully-funded, full-time position for 1 year, with possibility of renewal for a second year. Salary is $55,000 with benefits. The successful candidate will assist in the operations of HAL, which includes managing the operation of a noble gas extraction and measurement line specifically designed for measuring He in mineral systems (i.e. apatite and zircon), training and working with graduate students and visitors to the lab for data acquisition, and assisting with mineral dissolution and U and Th measurement on our Thermo iCAP Q ICP-MS. This position will also afford ample time to work on independent research topics, which could include, but are not limited to: 1) deep-time thermochronology of cratons, 2) kinetics of He diffusion in mineral systems, and 3) investigation of the nature of radiation damage in apatite and zircon with a range of instrumentation available at UIUC (i.e., TEM, Raman, and atom probe tomography). Opportunities for teaching and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students are also available with this position. The successful candidate will possess a PhD at the time of start. A background in (U-Th)/He thermochronology, low-temperature thermochronology, or noble gas geochemistry is highly desired. A moderate degree of fluency in Python is also desired. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. An earliest possible initial start date is January 16, 2024, but a start date later in 2024 can certainly be negotiated.

Formal applications will require a detailed CV and research statement (~1 page in length). Interested applicants should feel free to contact Dr. William Guenthner at for more information.