Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Planetary Geophysics

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: School of Earth and Space Exploration
City: Tempe
State/Province: AZ
Country: USA
Contact Person: Joseph O'Rourke
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Arizona State University
Application Due Date: Saturday, November 30 2019
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Applications are invited for one postdoctoral research scholar position to work in collaboration with Profs. Joseph O’Rourke and Linda Elkins-Tanton.

We seek an individual with the mathematics and physics training and expertise with scientific programming to model the surface temperature of an asteroid as it receives varying insolation over the course of the year. This work will be in service to the NASA Psyche mission and in collaboration with Prof. Elkins-Tanton. This individual will also undertake related research on the formation, evolution, and/or characterization of large asteroids and protoplanets in partnership with Prof. O’Rourke. The successful candidate will be encouraged to pursue research of their own interest and professional development in preparation for seeking a permanent position after their fellowship.

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The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The start date is no later than August 1, 2020.  This fiscal year position comes with a competitive salary, funding for travel, moving expenses, and full health insurance coverage.  Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in astrophysics, physics, planetary science, geophysics, applied math, or closely related field by the start date. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of the doctoral degree. Desired qualifications include a background in numerical modeling of mass and energy transfer. Experience in numerical fluid dynamics is strongly desired.

To apply, please submit to the following application materials:

·      A cover letter of not more than one page discussing how your interests align with the job description

·      Contact information for three references

·      A curriculum vitae with a publication list

·      A statement of past research accomplishments and future research goals (two pages or fewer)

Application deadline is November 30, 2019.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the initial deadline 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.

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