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Graduate Research Assistantship: Metamorphism, Marble, & Mining – The University of Alabama

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks a motivated student for a project to determine the conditions of metamorphism in the Sylacauga Marble Belt of Alabama. The Graduate Research Assistant will work closely with representatives from Imerys Performance Minerals Americas to obtain marble samples from quarries and drill core. The initial focus will be on obtaining oxygen and carbon isotope data for temperature estimates. These temperatures will be augmented with estimates from mineral compositions and mineral assemblage diagrams (pseudosections).

Preference will be given to applicants with experience in stable isotope analysis and construction of mineral assemblage diagrams, and an interest in the mining industry. Instrumentation available at UA includes 3 gas source mass spectrometers: Thermo Delta Plus, Thermo Delta V Plus, and a recently installed Nu Perspective IS for clumped isotope analyses. A full listing of facilities can be found at http://www.geo.ua.edu. The successful applicant will receive 1 year of GRA support at $2,200/month, full time tuition, and health insurance. Subsequent years of graduate work would be funded either by a Teaching Assistantship or additional external funding for the Graduate Research Assistantship. Please send CV, transcripts, and letter of application to Harold Stowell: hstowell@ua.edu. Funding for this position is pending final approval.