Postdoctoral Researchers

The Berkeley Geochronology Center awards Postdoctoral Fellowships for exceptional young scientists to conduct research in the development or application of state-of-the-art geochronological techniques. These fellowships are awarded competitively and are internally funded. The BGC has world-class laboratories for Ar-Ar, U-Th-He, U-Th-Pb, 230Th/U, and other (TIMS) radiogenic isotope dating methods, and a modern paleomagnetic laboratory. In addition, the BGC is part of the stimulating intellectual community of the San Francisco Bay area, which includes the University of California, Stanford University, and the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Candidates will typically be interested in working on problems that push the limits of one or more of these or related methods, as well as addressing a question of unusual significance to geology, planetary science, paleoanthropology or archeology. Candidates will be expected to have a strong background in isotope geochronology, isotope geochemistry, or paleomagnetism.

We are currently seeking two Postdoctoral Researchers:

Postdoctoral Researchers - Alumni

Alyssa Abbey

2018 - 2020

Ph.D., University of Michigan​

Now at University of California, Long Beach

Luis Gilbert Beotas

2008 - 2010


Now at University of Barcelona, Spain

Kim Blisniuk

2012 - 2014

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Now at California State University at San Jose, CA

Steve Denyszyn

2008 - 2011

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada

Now at University of Western Australia/ Centre for Exploration

Vera Assis Fernandes

2007 - 2009

Ph.D., The University of Manchester, UK

Now at The University of Manchester, UK

Matthew Fox

2013 - 2016

Ph.D., ETH-Zürich, Switzerland

Now at Earth Sciences, University College London, London, England

Jonathan Glen

1994 - 1999

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Now at US Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

Neil Griffis

2018 - 2020

Ph.D., University of California, Davis​

Now at US Geological Survey,

Denver, CO

Ryan Ickert

2012 - 2015

Ph.D., Australia National University in Canberra

Now at Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, East Kilbride, Scotland

Fred Jourdan

2005 - 2007

Ph.D., University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis

Now at Curtain University of Technology, Perth, Australia

C. Brenhin Keller

2016 - 2019​

Ph.D., Princeton University, NJ​

Now at Dartmouth University, NH

Jennifer Matzel

2004 - 2007

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Now at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA

Regina Mertz

2011 - 2012

Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz

Now at Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz

Dieter F. Mertz

1993 - 1994


Now at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany

Sabastien Nomade

2001 - 2005

Ph.D., Institute des Sciences de la Terre d’Orleans, France

Now at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnment, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Richard Phillips

2004 - 2006

Ph.D., University of Oxford, UK

Now Head of Sixth Form at Loretto School, Edinburgh, UK

Rebecca Reverman

2014 - 2014

Ph.D., Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland

Daniel Rutte

2015 - 2017

Ph.D., Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Now at University of Bonn, Germany

Justin Simon

2006 - 2009

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, CA

Now at NASA - Center for Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology, Houston, Texas

Perry Spector

2018 - 2020

Ph.D., University of Washington

Now at Act Zero & IntelliGO Network Inc., Seattle, WA

Sonia Tikko-Schantz

2014 - 2015

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Now at Rutgers University, NJ

Alka Tripathy-Lang

2013 - 2018​

Ph.D., Arizona State University

Contractor for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) in Arizona

Nadia Vogel

2003 - 2004

Ph.D., Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland

Now at Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences & Technology, Dubendorf, Switzerland

Andrea Marzoli

1997 - 1998

Ph.D., University of Padova, Italy

Now at University of Padova, Italy