There are many exciting scientific projects in crystallography to be pursued at Virginia Tech including research in the fields of geology, mineralogy, solid-state physics, materials and chemistry.
All you need is a good education in a scientific discipline, a liking for undertaking careful experiments in the laboratory and a willingness to work hard in a challenging interdisciplinary environment.
If you are an undergraduate with an interest in finding out about research in crystallography why not join us for a summer internship? Or sign up for our summer workshop. Contact Dr. Carla Slebodnick for more details, and include a list of your classes and grades with your enquiry.
The Crystallography Laboratory at Viriginia Tech has positions available for both masters and PhD students to work on the equations of state, the evolution of the structures with pressure, and the elasticity of framework minerals at high pressures. Applicants must have obtained a bachelors degree in geosciences, materials science, chemistry, physics, or a related field, before the start date of the studentship. Preference will be given to candidates who have taken courses in solid-state physics, mineralogy, crystallography, or mineral physics, and who have a demonstrated practical ability in laboratory-based research.
Informal enquiries should be sent to Prof. Ross Angel, Enquiries must include your cv, a full list of classes you have taken (with grades), and a statement of research interests and career goals. Interested applicants should also complete the preapplication survey to the Department by using this web form.
Official applications for entrance to the University in August for the Fall semester must be received by mid-January of the same year. Details at www.geos.vt.edu.
The crystallography laboratory will also gladly host post-doctoral fellows who already have funding to pursue crystallographic research. Please contact us by e-mail, Ross Angel or Nancy Ross, if you have funding, or are planning on applying for funding. In the latter case we can help you construct your application.