Post-Doctoral Fellow in Geodynamics and Geoselenic Research

Current state: Review
Department: Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
City: Kingston
State/Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Contact Person: Prof. Vicki Remenda
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Queen's University
Application Due Date: Friday, December 15 2023
Web Link:

The position is funded as part of the Stephen Cheeseman Geoselenic Research Project (SCGRP) and will be hosted by the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The Stephen Cheeseman Geoselenic Research Project was established in 2020 to address fundamental questions about the interactions within the Earth-Moon system The project will focus on the integration of multi-disciplinary research as it pertains to improving our understanding of the relevance of the Moon for Earth processes including plate tectonics, core and mantle convection/geochemistry, magnetohydrodynamics, the geodynamo and the evolution of life on Earth. The project is collaborative in nature and will give the postdoctoral fellow (PDF) opportunities to continue existing and establish new collaborations with international research groups in geodynamics and planetary sciences. The PDF is expected to conduct original research within the scope of this project and serve as an integrator of geoselenic research. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate a willingness to conduct integrative research to solve fundamental science questions. The research background can be theoretical, numerical or applied, but must address global scale processes.

The supervisory team will include members of the SCGRP research group. Renumeration: $60,000 annually. Start Date and Duration of Appointment: as early as February 1, 2024 – 1-year appointment. Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent in Earth or planetary sciences, geophysics, geodynamics, geochemistry or other relevant science disciplines. A strong record of peer-reviewed publications in the applicant’s research field and presentations at international research conferences are expected.

Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-page research statement on how their proposed research contributes to the project, and (4) names and contact information of two references to [email protected]

Applications will be evaluated starting on December 15, 2023 and until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the Stephen Cheeseman Geoselenic Research Project or details about the position can be requested from Prof. Vicki Remenda ([email protected]).

Employment Equity and Accessibility Statement

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Mr. Paul Bass at [email protected] or 613-530-7585 and cc. PSAC Local 901, Unit 2 – [email protected]

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
Web Link:

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

Post-Doctoral position in space plasma physics for studies of the Moon environment with a focus on the plasma–surface interaction processes

City: Kiruna
State/Province: Kiruna
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Country: Sweden
Contact Person: Prof. Stas Barabash
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Application Due Date: Sunday, October 29 2023
Web Link:

Post-Doctoral position in space plasma physics 

for studies of the Moon environment with a focus on the plasma–surface interaction processes.

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a leading research institute in the field of planetary magnetospheres and solar wind interactions with a focus on particle measurements.

Applicants are invited for a position for data analysis and numerical simulations related to the Moon environment with a focus on the plasma–surface interaction processes.

The selected candidate will work in a successful research group, the Solar System Physics and Space Technology program (SSPT) at IRF. The group conducts active research on the solar system by developing particle instruments for planetary missions, analyzing data, and performing computer simulations.

The tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Science data analysis from IRF’s particle instruments onboard lunar missions Chandrayaan-1 and Chang’e-4;
  • Collaboration with our simulation group working on the exosphere dynamics and global moon–solar wind interaction models.

Candidates should have completed a PhD in space plasma physics or expect to complete within the next months.  We will primarily consider candidates with a degree obtained within the last three years. If you have an older degree and want to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated in your application.

Experience of working with space particle data is a strong merit. Experience of plasma modelling is a merit.

Programming skills are required. Main languages used are C, C++, Python.

You should be able to work independently. We have a great deal of international contacts, so an ability to collaborate well both within the group and with various international groups is essential. You will be part of an active tight-knit group of engineers and scientists specializing in building space hardware for various spacecraft and conducting active research on solar system physics. More information about the group’s activities can be found at

Employment conditions
The position is placed in Kiruna, Sweden, and is up to 2 years.

What we can offer you
We can offer you a workplace with flexible working time agreements, up to seven weeks of vacation per year, well-developed health care with well-being activities, health benefits and a gym at the workplace.

Equality, equal conditions and diversity are fundamental principles in our workplace which means that we consider equality aspects in our daily work and in all decision-making forums.

Kiruna is a fantastic place to live, among other things we have Sweden’s most modern city center – see more on this page:

For further information please contact:
Stas Barabash, [email protected], +46-980 791 22
Martin Wieser, [email protected],  +46 980 791 98
Mats Holmström, [email protected], +46 980 791 86

Trade union representatives:
Uwe Raffalski, SACO-S, [email protected], +46 980 790 21
Stefan Karlsson, ST, [email protected], +46 980 790 29

Closing date for applications is 29 October 2023.

Applications should include a CV, a personal covering letter (max one page) and contact information of three professional references.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to: [email protected]

Or by mail:

Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Box 812
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden

Please quote reference number: 2.2.1-293/23

If your application is sent by e-mail you should get a confirmation that we have received it. If you do not get the confirmation within three days, please contact the registrar: +46 980-790 00.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Planetary Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Beijing
State/Province: Beijing
Country: China
Contact Person: Steve Yang Liu
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: National Space Science Center
Application Due Date: Wednesday, May 31 2023

The planetary science group of the National Space Science Center (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences seeks 2-3 postdoc applicants for positions in the filed of planetary science.

China will carry out more deep space exploration missions in the next 10 to 15 years. The fourth stage of its lunar exploration program has been approved, including Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7, and Chang’e-8. The next step of the planetary exploration program is also planed. China will implement Tianwen-2 for asteroid sample return, Tianwen-3 for Mars sample return, and Tianwen-4 for Jupiter system exploration.

The planetary science group in National Space Science Center (NSSC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is deeply involved in the lunar and planetary missions of China. We’re the scientific team members of Chang’e-4 and -5 mission as well as Tianwen-1 Mars mission. Our research fields include planetary geology, remote sensing, spectroscopy, and sample analysis. We focus on topics including the evolution of the Moon and Earth-Moon system, the geological evolution and habitability of terrestrial planets including Mars, and the composition and evolution of small bodies. We now have 12 members, including 3 professors, 3 associate professors, and 6 postdocs.

Requirement: Ph.D. in planetary science and related field, fluent in English speaking.

Length: 2 years program with a possible 1 year extension.

Salary: 250,000 RMB per year,  plus subsidy for apartment renting and one round trip flight ticket.

If you are interested, please send your CV to Prof. Steve Yang Liu. Email: [email protected]

Planetary Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: 695/ Planetary Magnetospheres
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: Maryland
Country: USA
Contact Person: O J Tucker
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Thursday, March 16 2023
Web Link:

The Science & Exploration Directorate, Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a Planetary Scientist, in areas including particles & fields, exospheres, dust, radiation, and/or plasma surface interactions of Solar System bodies. The successful candidate will lead lab, modeling, and/or instrument development projects to collaborate in existing areas of expertise and seek opportunities to develop flight instruments & missions.


This job is open to U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Our job announcement will be open  03/10/2023 to 03/16/2023.

Research Space Scientist, Research AST Planetary Studies

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch
City: Huntsville
State/Province: AL
Country: USA
Contact Person: David McKenzie
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
Web Link:

Upcoming Planetary Science Research Position at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama will soon be seeking a scientist to conduct research and to develop applications to solve challenging Planetary Science problems.  The selected candidate will add substantive capability synergistic with the current staff and the goals of NASA’s Artemis program and MSFC’s strategy to integrate human space flight and science robotic capabilities in the Artemis era.  The position is expected to be announced in January 2023 under the category of Research Space Scientist, at the GS-13 or GS-14 grade level, depending on qualifications. 

An outstanding candidate will be offered federal employment, joining more than 30 other federal employees, academic staff, and contractors supporting Planetary Science efforts within the Branch, a subset of the Science Research and Projects Division, and the Science and Technology Office at Marshall Space Flight Center.

The incumbent Planetary Scientist will have expertise in remote and/or in-situ sensing of planets, moons, and asteroids, and in the application and development of advanced tools, techniques, and/or data analysis/mining/machine learning techniques.  The candidate will be expected to lead the development of research proposals for new activities, lead a research team, execute funded projects, participate in conferences, have a demonstrated publication record, and author research papers in peer-reviewed literature.

The formal announcement of the opportunity and requirements will be posted at USAJobs ( and can be found by searching with keyword NASA and location Huntsville, Alabama.  Applications are only accepted through the USAJobs portal.  Note that when answering the opportunity, it is extremely important to review and address the Specialized Experience under Qualifications in detail.  Candidates are encouraged to create a USAJobs profile well in advance to populate a resume and to add documents.  USAJobs-alert subscriptions are possible with alerts received via email.  Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. David McKenzie, [email protected], 256-961-7896.

Postdoctoral researcher

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Physics
City: Helsinki
Country: Finland
Contact Person: Anne Virkki
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Helsinki
Application Due Date: Wednesday, October 19 2022
Web Link:

The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is now seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to the planetary science research group starting from February 2023 for a fixed-term employment for three years. The postdoctoral researcher will work in a research project entitled Asteroids in the Deep: Characterisation of Sub-Surface of Near-Earth Asteroids the Moon and Mercury using radar observations. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in radar-observation analysis and the development of numerical models to study radar scattering processes in planetary regoliths. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to participate in teaching and supervision duties at the Department of Physics, with a possibility to enroll in official pedagogical training programs. Previous experience in numerical modeling of electromagnetic scattering or related processes and programming skills using Python and/or Fortran are required. Experience with radar data analysis is preferred but not a requirement.

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
Web Link:

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.

Research Scientist, Planetary Geosciences

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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: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: Monday, July 04 2022
Web Link:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, invites applications for a newly created

research position in the Planetary Geosciences Group. The successful candidate will support

the Europa Clipper mission by performing geological analysis of Europa. Specifically, the

candidate will provide expertise in icy satellite geological mapping, analysis, and interpretation

as well as expertise in surface landform distribution and identification. The candidate will also be

expected to participate in formulation activities related to missions to the Ice Giants and their



Applicants should have a well-established record in planetary geology, evidenced by

publications in refereed scientific journals and participation in national/international meetings. It

is expected that the successful candidate will develop an independently funded research

program. Opportunities exist for participation in ongoing and future space missions.


This position requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in planetary geology, or a related field.

  • Peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals planetary science.

  • Demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of

  • publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at national and/or international

  • conferences.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience with icy satellite structural analysis and interpretation.

  • Experience in geological mapping, and landform analysis and interpretation.

  • Familiarity with the Europa Clipper mission.

  • Experience in mission formulation and concept development, particularly in relation to

  • outer solar system exploration.

  • Experience on active planetary missions.

  • Experience obtaining grant funding.

To view the full description of this unique opportunity and apply, please visit:–Planetary-Geosciences_R2330

Applications received by July 4, 2022 will receive full consideration.

LRO Diviner Postdoctoral Researcher

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Geosciences
City: Stony Brook
State/Province: NY
Country: United States
Contact Person: Tim Glotch
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Stony Brook University
Application Due Date: Sunday, July 03 2022
Web Link:

Duties: (In collaboration with the PI)

  • Analyze data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment to assess the compositional, space weathering, and thermophysical properties of the lunar surface.
  • Acquire thermal infrared spectra of minerals and mineral mixtures in a simulated lunar environment to enable more quantitative interpretation of Diviner data.
  • Collaborate with the PI and Diviner Co-investigators to apply results to analysis of orbital remote sensing data. 
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals based on this work.
  • Evaluate results within the framework of current understanding of the field, as determined by periodical/literature search.
  • Other duties as needed

Please visit Dr. Timothy Glotch to learn more about our department/research.

Visit The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to learn more about our postdoctoral community.  

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.