Postdoc position in exoplanets

Current state: Review
Department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
City: Baton Rouge
State/Province: LA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Tabetha Boyajian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Louisiana State University
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 05 2023
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Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral researcher position at Louisiana State University to work in the area of exoplanets/time-domain astronomy. The researcher will work within Professor Tabby Boyajian’s group on designing a science program for LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research).  LUSTER will use a small (~15-cm) imaging telescope attached to an upcoming lunar lander to provide near-continuous monitoring of transiting exoplanet host stars to perform transmission spectroscopy at near-UV wavelengths. 

Responsibilities: Generate the science requirements and flow-down, including a Science & Mission Traceability Matrix and other supporting analyses that enable the LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research) investigation; create a scientific target list and an observing plan according to potential mission launch dates and durations that are available in the launch timeframe;provide estimates of the data volume for determining in-space data processing, data storage and telemetry needs, and suitable data products; assist in the analysis of component test data, especially detector testing that will help define the data pipeline processing requirements and design (80%). The researcher will write up their work for publication in journals, present their work at conferences and collaboration meetings, and assist the preparation of proposals.  Additional duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students (20%).

Postdoc Positions in Lunar Dust Mitigation at UMD

Country: USA
Contact Person: Christine Hartzell
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Maryland
Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 01 2023
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The Planetary Surfaces and Spacecraft Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park is hiring multiple postdoctoral researchers. We are looking for experimentalists with experience working with vacuum systems, plasma physics, and/or granular materials and an interest in developing technology to remove lunar regolith from spacesuits and solar panels. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the functionality of a specialized lunar “lint roller” that uses synthetic gecko skin to remove dust, rather than a traditional adhesive. Additionally, we will be developing a cleaning appliance to make the gecko roller reusable. One investigator will build and operationalize a new UHV chamber system and test the gecko roller at lunar-relevant pressures. Other investigators will design, build and test the efficacy of the cleaning appliance, which will rely on electrostatic lofting. The expected start date is Jan 2024 or earlier.

For questions, please contact Christine Hartzell, [email protected].

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to

Open-Rank Faculty Position in Planetary Science at Arizona State University

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: School of Earth and Space Exploration
City: Tempe
State/Province: Arizona
Country: USA
Contact Person: Jim Bell
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Arizona State University
Application Due Date: Thursday, October 19 2023
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The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment in Planetary Science. This is an open-rank search for an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in any area of Planetary Science. We seek an innovative scholar who is an emerging or established leader in the future of planetary exploration, and who is dedicated to the ideals of the ASU Charter. We are especially interested in applicants who can complement or extend SESE’s existing strengths in Earth and space science research and education. The anticipated start date is August 2024. For full position details and how to apply, please go to .

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is Oct. 19; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received, until the position is closed.

Tenure-Track Planetary Science Faculty Position at Hampton University

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
City: Hampton
State/Province: Virginia
Country: United States
Contact Person: Robert Loughman
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Hampton University
Application Due Date: Monday, May 15 2023
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Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science Faculty Position



The Hampton University (HU) Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Science, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2023.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. HU established the Center for Atmospheric Science (CAS) in 1996, which led to creation of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in 2007.  APS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Atmospheric Science and Planetary Science. This program has established a reputation of excellence in education, outreach and research, with particular emphasis on satellite applications for atmospheric studies.

Duties and Responsibilities


The successful candidate will continue and advance the groundbreaking work of CAS and APS. This work includes building a portfolio of externally funded, high-profile research in the field of atmospheric science and recruiting, supporting, and advising masters and doctoral students. The successful candidates will also teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Objectives of the APS department include continuation of research excellence at HU in atmospheric and planetary science, expanded capacity for research, and growth in enrollment in the graduate program.


A Ph.D. in Planetary Science or a related field is required.  The successful applicant will sustain existing programs and enable future strategic growth of the department in the following area:

Satellite-based remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and/or surfaces (including Earth), with demonstrated capability and commitment to developing new satellite instruments, planetary missions, and data analysis techniques.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments in the field.   


How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate’s commitment to teaching, professional and scholarly work; a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] (with “APS faculty search” in the subject line), or mailed to:

Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Search Committee

Attn: Dr. Robert Loughman

Center for Atmospheric Sciences

154 William R. Harvey Way

Hampton University

Hampton VA 23668.  

Application Deadline: 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Selection Deadline: 

Friday, June 30, 2023

Postdoctoral researcher, Mars rover science/operations and Mars data analysis

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of the Geophysical Sciences
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Country: United States
Contact Person: Edwin Kite
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Chicago
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 08 2023
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The University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher to support Mars data analysis projects (a Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist grant on the timing and flow of surface and subsurface water at Gale crater, and a Mars Data Analysis Program grant on global and stratigraphic variations in sediment layer thicknesses on Mars). The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Edwin Kite to take part in Mars Science Laboratory science and operations, and analyze existing HiRISE Digital Terrain Models. The balance between rover and orbiter work will be chosen according to the preferences of the successful candidate.

Candidates should have a background in planetary science. Experience with rover operations, and/or Mars orbiter data analysis, is preferred but not required. This is primarily a data analysis position and modeling skills are not required though would be a welcome bonus. A start date in mid-to-late-2023 is preferred. This postdoctoral position will be for one year and funding is secured for renewal for a second year, contingent on satisfactory progress. The position comes with a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2023. Please send a CV, a brief description of research interests, and a list of publications as a single PDF file to [email protected]. Applicants should send the names and email addresses of 2-3 referees to this email address. Please direct informal inquiries about this post to Edwin Kite ([email protected]).

The University of Chicago hosts a vibrant planets and exoplanets research program, with particular emphasis on Mars, planetary sample analysis, and habitability:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/EO/D/V Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at UChicago seeks a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email [email protected] with their request.

ESA Research Fellowships in Space Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Science Directorate
City: Madrid
Country: Spain
Contact Person: Yannis Zouganelis
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: European Space Agency (ESA)
Application Due Date: Monday, September 19 2022
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We are pleased to announce the 2022 Call for Applications for the European Space Agency’s Research Fellowships in Space Science. The call is opening on 22 August 2022 with an application deadline on 19 September 2022.


ESA’s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers early-career scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology. Research Fellowships in Space Science & Exploration specifically offer the opportunity to contribute to ESA’s endeavour to explore our Solar System and the Universe, and cover the fields of human and robotic exploration, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics and fundamental physics. 

The research fellowships offer unique insights into ESA’s environment and activities while conducting cutting-edge research. Mentoring and training opportunities are available, as are possibilities to engage with ESA science-related activities (e.g., archive/data science, operations, calibration, communication, citizen science). 

Within the Science Directorate (SCI), we welcome all independent proposals for innovative research associated with one or more of our missions. The Space Science fellowships can be taken up at any of the three sites ESAC, ESTEC or STScI and we encourage applicants to choose sites that allow for best local collaborations. To learn more about the research conducted by  the ESA scientists at different sites, please visit the Faculty Member Directory and the pages for the Faculty research groups. There is a separate page for research at the ESA Office at STScI (see also the research of non-ESA scientists at STScI). 


ESA Research Fellow contracts have a maximum duration of three years. Projects initially last two years and are frequently extended to a third year.


Research Fellowships in Space Science (SCI) can be located at any of the following institutes:

  • European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
  • European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
  • ESA office at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Who can apply

Applicants should have recently completed or be close to completing their PhD in a technical or scientific discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with up to five years of relevant experience after their PhD.

Applications can only be considered from national of one of the 22 ESA Member States. Nationals of Slovenia, Latvia and Lithuania as Associate Members, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

More information on the Research Fellowship programme and on how to apply can be found at 


What we offer 

A stimulating and inspiring working environment is just one of the benefits of working at ESA. Other advantages include competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, and comprehensive health coverage. More information about the terms and conditions of ESA Research Fellowships can be found on our careers website.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability, or other characteristics. Applications from female scientists are encouraged.


Deadline for applications is 19 September 2022.

Research Space Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Solar System Exploration Division
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Jamie Elsila Cook
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Monday, July 25 2022
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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Astrochemistry Laboratory (Code 691) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a planetary scientist with a focus on contamination control and returned samples, for a civil servant position.  The successful candidate will work as a member of the Artemis Internal Science team to define, develop, and implement sample contamination plans, as well as carrying out cutting-edge research related to planetary surface properties, the Moon, airless bodies, and/or priority planetary targets for future exploration. Expertise is required in defining or developing science requirements for sample analyses, including contamination considerations, as well as in leading collaborative groups and overseeing research . This is a GS- 14 level position located at NASA-Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland near Washington, DC.

A full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, will be posted on July 21 to and remain open for five days. The short period that the announcement is open is due to the type of hiring authority, and is not a reflection of the openness of the position.

Mars Atmospheric Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Systems Lab
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Shawn Domagal-Goldman
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Friday, June 03 2022
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The Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a full-time Research Space Scientist to join our active Mars research group. The candidate will conduct research into the atmospheric composition of Mars, utilizing spectral and/or imaging data from spaceflight missions. Examples of such work include studying the Martian atmosphere’s composition and surface interactions. The candidate will work in an inclusive environment that prioritizes individual professional growth. This is a GS-13/14 level civil servant position located at NASA-Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland near Washington, DC. You can apply for this position from now through Friday, June 3 – the maximum opening window we could obtain for this position. For more information and to apply please go to:

Planetary Instrument Postdoc

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Los Alamos
State/Province: NM
Country: USA
Contact Person: Patrick Gasda
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
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Section Manager, Planetary Sciences Section

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Science Section
City: Pasadena
State/Province: California
Country: United States
Contact Person: Cheryl Cooperstein
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Application Due Date: Friday, June 03 2022
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The Planetary Sciences Section provides scientific leadership in planetary science and astrobiology, including small solar system bodies, life detection, and planetary habitability, via basic research, advanced instrumentation, and mission concept development.  We are seeking a Section Manager, who will lead the Section Science Management Team, and report to the Science Division Manager. As the Section Manager, you will have the opportunity to interact and partner with NASA and with senior JPL leadership in representing the Section, and be responsible for defining and implementing the vision for the Section as an organization and as a planetary science and astrobiology research institution.  In this role, you will develop deep knowledge on the multi-disciplinary work being done related to planetary science across the Lab and NASA, and forge new connections that will benefit both you, and the Section.  This is a full-time position with a 0.7FTE commitment, and you will be expected to also maintain your active scientific work.

In this role, your responsibilities will include: 

  • Developing, aligning, and interfacing the needs of various research groups within the Laboratory’s overall Division 32 Charter.
  • Representing the Section on scientific and technical committees and advisory boards, and Interfacing with the Laboratory’s management and NASA Program Offices. 
  • Developing comprehensive research and strategic plans that meet requirements and expectations of the Science Division, Solar System Exploration Program Directorate, and the NASA Planetary Science Division, to provide new and innovative opportunities for the research staff.
  • Recruiting and developing an outstanding, diverse, and inclusive staff, consistent with the Lab’s programmatic and administrative goals.
  • Working with Science and Business Management to facilitate all aspects of Section operations. 
  • Executing other ad-hoc assignments as assigned by Division Management.

Regular duties of the Science Management Team, as led by the Section Manager, include:

  • Fostering a favorable and inclusive work and research environment with a focus on mentoring, coaching, and professional development opportunities.
  • Reviewing and tracking proposals for internal and external research programs, as well as for competed instruments and missions.
  • Reviewing and tracking professional products from the Section, including publications, presentations, and reports.
  • Selecting and preparing research highlights representing science activities in the Section.
  • Improving and implementing recruitment and hiring best practices for Affiliates, Postdocs, and Employees.
  • Maintaining extensive familiarity with the professional work and expertise of Section members.
  • Reviewing and acting on Ethics-related issues such as Outside Activity Requests and mitigation of conflicts of interest.
  • Reviewing and overseeing Safety and Travel requests at the Section level.
  • Representing the Section in Science Division, Solar System Exploration Directorate, and other programmatic, strategic, and hiring meetings.
  • Representing the Section in professional training development activities and events.
  • Preparing first drafts of agendas, reports, and nominations for awards and promotions.




  • Typically requires a PhD in Physical Science, Biological Science, Engineering or Mathematics or similar disciplines, with a minimum of 8 years related experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated supervisory or management experience with Line, Program, or Project organizations.
  • Multidisciplinary knowledge in Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology, with a proven track record in developing, defining, and implementing an independent scientific research program.
  • Demonstrated scientific bona fides through an extensive publication record.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure competed external funding.
  • Demonstrated commitment to mentorship.
  • Highly developed leadership ability and teamwork skills, with proficiency in one or more of decision-making and delegation, change management, strategy development, and financial/cost management.
  • Has knowledge of industry and/or academic practices in support of diversity, equity and inclusion related to Planetary Science and Astrobiology research, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing improvements in this area.

Desired Skills:

  • Established experience and commitment to developing or supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Experience working with JPL Program Directorates.
  • Expert knowledge of Laboratory and NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
  • Knowledge of NASA HQ and Center science Programs/Projects and management practices and procedures.

Applications received by June 3, 2022, will receive full consideration.