South Kensington




£38,037 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


020 7942 5511

Postdoctoral Researcher

About Us
The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction, leading science research centre and commercial event space. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million specimens, both in our London and Tring museums, spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.

Our Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division is leading planetary research group works on the formation and evolution of asteroids, the Moon and Mars, using the world-class meteorite collection and our state of the art analytical facilities. We are a vibrant team of staff, postdocs and students that has weekly meetings and informal presentations.

We will soon launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats. Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role
You will work closely with other members of the meteorites team to investigate the asteroidal history of carbonaceous chondrites, particularly CM, CO and CY meteorites. The role involves undertaking experiments to determine how meteorites change during aqueous alteration and also during heating. You will be expected to undertake experiments independently, to characterise the products using XRD, SEM, electron microprobe, TEM and oxygen isotopes, and to publish the results and present them at relevant conferences.

About you
Along with a PhD in a relevant discipline (Cosmochemistry, Planetary sciences, Geosciences), you will have an excellent understanding of current literature on primitive carbonaceous chondrites. Experience with relevant analytical instrumentation, such as SEM, XRD and electron microprobe will be advantageous.

Fixed Term Contract, ending 31 March 2021
Closing date: 9am on 24/09/2019
Interviews will be held on: 3 or 4 October

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