“Research under Extreme Environments”

If you are interested in conducting high-pressure research at UT Austin, please contact Dr. Lin for details.

We also encourage you to look at the following inspiring article about Professor John Goodenough’s graduate study at University of Chicago:
“Goodenough enrolled at UChicago. Going back to school after several years in the Army was a challenge, especially studying a mostly new subject—and especially under Enrico Fermi, whom Goodenough remembers as “old school.” His professors lectured only on topics that interested them, and he was expected to fill in the gaps independently. The professors were also not allowed to collaborate with students on their theses. During their first meeting, Goodenough’s adviser, solid-state physicist Clarence Zener, told him, “You’ve got two problems. The first is to find a problem and the second is to solve it. Good day.”

Graduate Student Opportunity (Master or PhD)

The mineral physics lab at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for graduate student positions towards a Master or Ph.D. degree in geosciences (in Jackson School of Geosciences) or materials science (in Texas Materials Institute). Candidates with strong background and/or interest in physics (solid state physics) and/or geophysics/geochemistry are strongly encouraged to apply. Our mineral physics research program focuses on studying properties of planetary materials at high pressure-temperature conditions using synchrotron X-ray and optical spectroscopic techniques coupled with a diamond anvil cell. We are also interested in understanding material properties and energy materials in extreme environments. The Jackson School of Geosciences has exceptionally well-funded research programs and offers a number of scholarships to support graduate students for an extended period of time. Information about the graduate student programs at the Jackson School is available at: www.jsg.utexas.edu/education/graduate/. Students interested in conducting materials science can also apply for Texas Materials Institute’s Graduate Program where Dr. Lin is an affiliated faculty.
Please contact Dr. Jung-Fu Lin at afu@jsg.utexas.edu for further information.

Postdoc Opportunity

Candidates should have a strong experience and knowledge in high-pressure diamond-anvil cell techniques, synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopic techniques, and/or laser spectroscopic systems. Knowledge in high-pressure elasticity, electronic properties (e.g., spin transitions), and/or Brillouin and pulsed laser spectroscopies (e.g., impulsive stimulated light scattering, femtosecond laser spectroscopy) is preferred. Research topics include, but not limited to, mineral physics, energy materials, and novel electronic/superhard materials under extreme conditions. The position requires some travels to synchrotron radiation centers such as the Advanced Photon Source to conduct high pressure-temperature experiments to investigate novel materials properties at extreme environments. The position may be jointly sponsored by the HPSTAR program.

Undergraduate Student Research Opportunity

The mineral physics lab at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences is seeking motivated undergraduate students to work on a number of interesting research projects. The research will be supported by a number of internal and external grants. In particular, Dr. Lin has active NSF Geophysics funding to provide supports to these research activities. These projects generally involve conducting high pressure-temperature experiments in the diamond anvil cell in the mineral physics lab and synchrotron radiation centers. Supports are also provided to encourage students to attend international workshops and meetings relevant to their research. Research for undergraduate students is also generously funded by NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.