[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position at Rice University on modeling the thermo-chemical evolution of rocky planets

Planets team and Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at
Rice University are seeking applicants for a fully funded Ph.D. position
starting Fall 2019 or earlier.

We are looking for highly motivated applicants with
undergraduate or master’s degrees in Earth and planetary sciences, physics,
engineering, applied math, or a related field. Prospective students should be
interested in atmospheric/climate sciences and geophysics, and developing
computer models to study the evolution of the terrestrial planets within our
solar system and the exoplanets. The topics of interest are related to coupled
thermo-chemical evolution of magma oceans and atmospheres. The ideal student has
strong quantitative skills, is proficient in programming (MATLAB, Python,
FORTRAN, C++ or a similar language), and has experience with numerical
analysis. A background in physical-chemical solid Earth and planetary processes
affecting formation and evolution of rocky bodies in the Solar System and
beyond is also desirable.

Applications for Fall 2019 are due January 9, 2019. Send your questions to Prof.
Pedram Hassanzadeh (pedram@rice.edu) and/or Prof. Rajdeep Dasgupta

To apply, please visit https://ift.tt/2Q9Q2iw

The CLEVER Planets (https://ift.tt/2RrGPP8) consists of an interdisciplinary,
multi-institutional group of scientists, led by Prof. Rajdeep Dasgupta, working
to unravel the conditions of planetary habitability in the Solar System and
other exoplanetary systems. The overarching theme of our research is to
investigate the origin and cycles of life-essential elements in young rocky
planets. Based on our understanding of our own solar system and habitable
planet Earth, we plan to identify where habitable niches are most likely to
occur, which planets are most likely to be habitable and when in their
evolutionary history such conditions of habitability are most likely. We are
supported by NASA and are one of
teams in the Nexus of Exoplanetary Systems Science (NExSS) research coordination network under

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