Postdoc Position: Evolution and Present-Day State of Mars’ Subsurface Environment

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Current state: Approved
Department: Institute of Planetary Research
City: Berlin
Category: , ,
Country: Germany
Contact Person: Ana-Catalina Plesa
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Application Due Date: Saturday, February 01 2020
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The Institute of Planetary Research at the German Aerospace Center                                                                   
(DLR) in Berlin invites applications for a postdoc position within the                                                               
framework of a DLR junior research group. The group investigates the                                                                 
thermochemical evolution of Mars and Venus and employs an                                                                            
interdisciplinary approach that combines large-scale geodynamical                                                                    
models of thermal evolution with petrological and geological datasets.                                                               
The successful candidate will combine geomorphological analysis of the                                                               
Martian surface with modeling of the subsurface thermal environment of                                                               
Mars. The goal of the project is to collect a large and diverse dataset                                                              
about the geomorphology, spectroscopy and mineralogy of the Martian                                                                  
surface. These data, combined with results from large-scale                                                                          
geodynamical models of the Martian interior, will be applied to                                                                      
interpret the evolution and present-day state of the subsurface                                                                      
environment of Mars. In particular, this work will be used to provide                                                                
constraints on the past and present-day distribution of potential                                                                    
subsurface water on Mars and to identify possible habitable regions in                                                               
the Martian subsurface.                                                                                                              
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree in Planetary Science, Geology,                                                                 
Geophysics or closely related field.                                                                                                 
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Contact information: Dr. Ana-Catalina Plesa ([email protected])