Postdoctoral position in laboratory planetary science/astrophysics

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
City: San Antonio
State/Province: Texas
Country: United States
Contact Person: Xinting Yu
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
Application Due Date: Monday, March 27 2023
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​The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral position in laboratory astrophysics/planetary science. The postdoc would work with Assistant Professor Dr. Xinting Yu on performing material characterization using a newly-constructed Planetary Material Characterization Facility at UTSA. The successful applicant would have the opportunity to work with a range of material characterization instrumentation, including but not limited to nanoindentation, ellipsometry, and atomic force microscopy, work on projects to measure various material properties of planetary materials including planetary aerosol analogs, field samples, meteorites, planetary regolith analogs, and potentially return samples, and apply the material properties to understand various atmospheric/surface processes on planetary bodies in and outside the Solar System. Prior experience with material characterization, laboratory astrophysics, or planetary science is preferred. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, geophysics, materials science, or a related field by the start date of the position. 

The appointment will be for 2 years, with a possibility of a one-year extension contingent upon performance and funding – with benefits and research support. The expected start date is Fall 2023 and is negotiable. 

To apply, please submit an online application. The requested materials include a full CV with a list of publications, a 1-page summary of previous research, and a 2-page description of research interests. Please also arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be sent via the same application form. Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. Review of applications will begin on March 27, 2023. Note: You will receive a confirmation email from Dr. Xinting Yu ([email protected]) once your application is complete within 3 business days.

UTSA is located in San Antonio, a vibrant city with a dynamic and diverse population. It is classified as both a Minority and a Hispanic Serving Institution, with more than 30,000 students with culturally diverse backgrounds. UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.