The Department of Earth Sciences
at Utrecht University
offers a four-year postdoctoral position focused on correlative X-ray and electron microscopy of Earth materials. This role is affiliated with the EXCITE² Network
, supported by the European Union, comprising 19 imaging facilities. The primary objective of EXCITE² is to enable open access to these facilities across Europe and associated countries. The main effort of the new postdoc will go toward coordination of access to the X-ray tomography facilities at Utrecht University, and there will be room to collaborate on a broad range of Earth-material science topics and jointly conduct research in AI-based imaging and material analysis.
Determining the complexities of Earth materials is paramount for achieving a sustainable, carbon-neutral future. These materials underline the potential of subsurface energy storage, geothermal energy extraction, and are the backbone for the essential elements crucial for innovative battery technologies. However, disruptions to these geological systems can also lead to potential risks, such as man-made seismic activities and environmental problems. To address the significant challenges surrounding sustainable development and a circular economy, we need to ensure detailed, multi-dimensional characterisation of Earth materials across a variety of Earth-science sectors.
You will benefit from access to Utrecht University's premier X-ray tomography and electron microscopy facilities. These facilities are equipped with the latest generation of high-resolution X-ray tomography and electron microscopy instruments. In addition, you will have the possibility of using state-of-the-art laboratory structures that house chemical labs and other additional analytical tools, such as nanoSIMS, vibrational spectroscopy, and an electron microprobe. For data-heavy tasks, you will also have access to high-performance computing platforms.
Being a part of our team means engaging in international collaborations, ensuring access to cutting-edge X-ray tomography instruments, and diving deep into pressing Earth-material research challenges. You will play a vital role within the EXCITE² community, pioneering the future of multi-scale tomography methods.