Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Planetary Science

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Physics
City: Orlando
State/Province: FL
Country: US
Contact Person: Dan Britt
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Central Florida
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The Department of Physics ( at the University of Central Florida invites applications for two full-time, 9-month, faculty positions at the rank of assistant professor (tenure earning) or associate professor (tenured), anticipated to begin in August 2024. We seek candidates whose experience and plans emphasize fundamental research in the fields of space resources, planetary and remote-sensing instrumentation, analysis and modeling of mission datasets, planetary surface processes, and SmallSat mission development. We are especially interested in candidates that have skills and research expertise to successfully propose for flight hardware projects, including commercial missions, as well as flight instruments, mission science teams, and mission leadership. Successful candidates are expected to establish vigorous, externally funded, creative research programs and have a strong commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.

UCF is a leading, metropolitan, research-intensive university with over 68,000 students. The Department of Physics has 54 faculty, offers B.S., B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and has modern well-designed laboratories. UCF provides competitive startup funds and research-active faculty teach one course per semester. We offer support for expectant mothers, paid parental leave for both parents, on-site pre-school, and professional development and leadership training for all faculty at all career stages. Hiring and promotion are based solely on merit.

Minimum Qualifications:Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, planetary sciences, or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution at time of application and a substantial record of independent research. To be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate professor upon hire, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of associate professor.

Preferred Qualifications:  Flight mission experience.  Experience in developing laboratory or spacecraft instrumentation. Experience teaching physics or astronomy at the college or university level. 

Additional Application Materials Required:  UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current curriculum vita (CV); (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement; and (5) the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. The online application is here.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2024, and continue until the positions are filled.

Questions regarding this search can be directed via email to Professor Daniel Britt, search committee chair, at [email protected].

Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Astronomy
City: South Hadley
State/Province: Massachusetts
Country: USA
Contact Person: M. Darby Dyar
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Application Due Date: Wednesday, January 31 2024
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Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a two-year, full-time visiting lecturer position in planetary science beginning Fall 2024 in Astronomy. Teaching responsibilities will be five courses in some combination of introductory solar systems, planetary science, and advanced seminar courses.

Mount Holyoke College is an active member of the Five College Astronomy Department, which provides multiple opportunities for research collaborations. The successful candidate must be dedicated to undergraduate education and enjoy working with students. Candidates must hold a Ph.D.

Include a letter of interest, CV, and statements covering (1) research interests, (2) teaching philosophy, (3) the mentoring of a diverse student body, and (4) contact information for three references. Applications must be made online at and review will begin on 1/2/24.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

To apply:

Percival Lowell Postdoctoral Fellowship

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Flagstaff
State/Province: AZ
Country: USA
Contact Person: Dr. Christoph Keller
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Lowell Observatory
Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 15 2023
Web Link:

Lowell Observatory invites applications for the Percival Lowell Postdoctoral Fellowship, which aims to attract recent graduates to pursue independent research projects of their own choice in the fields of astronomy, planetary science, and astronomical instrumentation. Fellows are hired for four years, receive an annual salary of $75,000, which will increase each year, relocation reimbursement up to $5,000, and research funds of $20,000 annually to support their scientific program.

Current research at Lowell Observatory spans a wide range of disciplines from planetary science and exoplanets to stellar astrophysics, Galactic and extragalactic astronomy as well as instrumentation. Fellows have access to the full range of resources of the Observatory, including the 4.3-m Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT), several 1-m class telescopes, the Astrophysical Materials Lab at Northern Arizona University, and our instrumentation and engineering resources. Lowell’s new Astronomy Discovery Center, which will open in 2024, and the award-winning Native American Astronomy Outreach Program offer additional opportunities for fellows to engage in science communication as part of the observatory’s education and public outreach mission.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field. The PhD must have been awarded before they begin the fellowship, which can be no later than December 1, 2024. Applicants may not have more than the equivalent of 4 years of full-time postdoctoral research activities by the application deadline. Current employees of Lowell Observatory are not eligible. Lowell Observatory is committed to diversity and inclusion in its workforce; we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups. Applicants will be assessed according to their scientific potential, their research plan and the feasibility of carrying out the proposed research at Lowell Observatory; interest in science communication and in engaging the public in astronomy and planetary science is a plus.

Assistant Professor in Planetary Science

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
City: Provience
State/Province: Rhode Island
Country: USA
Contact Person: Ralph Milliken
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Brown University
Application Due Date: Monday, September 25 2023
Web Link:

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Planetary Science.  Ideal candidates are those working on fundamental geological processes applicable across multiple Solar System bodies and who would broaden and enhance existing departmental strengths in remote sensing, geophysics, planetary materials,
climate and environmental science, and geochemistry. We encourage candidates from all fields of planetary science to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active, externally-funded research program, enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the academic community of the department and university. Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the mission of the Department and University. Accordingly, the Department seeks qualified candidates who can
contribute to racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching, and/or scholarship. The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by time of appointment. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statements describing your planned activities in research, teaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for three references via interfolio. To apply, visit:

Review of applications will begin on Sept. 25, 2023. To receive full consideration applicants should submit all materials by that date. For further information contact the search committee chair, Ralph Milliken ([email protected]).

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Solar System Geophysics & Atmospheres or Solid Earth Geology & Geophysics at the California Institute of Technology

Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Geological and Planetary Sciences
City: Pasadena
State/Province: California
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Application Due Date: Sunday, October 01 2023
Web Link:

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology is seeking outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position. We seek individuals who will lead an innovative research program, are committed to teaching and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students and of postdoctoral fellows, and who display interest in enhancing the diversity of the Institute. We invite applicants in the areas of Solar System Geophysics & Atmospheres and Solid Earth Geology & Geophysics.

The term of the initial appointment at the assistant professor level is four years and is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D. degree. Reappointment beyond the initial term is contingent upon successful review conducted prior to the commencement of the fourth year. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates may also be considered at the tenured professor level. Initial review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic application that includes: a brief cover letter, a curriculum vita (including publications), a short research statement (no more than 2 pages), a teaching statement (1 page), and three letters of recommendation. We also ask that applicants submit a diversity and inclusion statement (1 page) that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach. We will evaluate each applicant’s research accomplishments and potential, as well as the teaching, mentoring, collaboration, and leadership skills necessary to run a successful academic research group (e.g., initiative, persistence, enthusiasm, communication).

Applications can be submitted at:

For any questions that arise about the application process, please contact us at [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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
Web Link:

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.

PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Division of Space Technology
City: Kiruna
Country: Sweden
Contact Person: Mikael Granvik
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Luleå University of Technology
Application Due Date: Monday, June 26 2023
Web Link:

Luleå University of Technology is looking for a highly-motivated PhD student to join the Asteroid Engineering Laboratory located on the Space Campus in Kiruna, Sweden.

The successful candidate will carry out laboratory experiments on asteroid simulants and meteorites with the ultimate goal to understand the mechanisms that destroy asteroids close to the Sun, and how the destruction process affects the near-Earth asteroid population. The primary tool for the experimental work is the new Space and High-Irradiation Near-Sun Simulator (SHINeS), which is used for assessing how irradiation comparable to that found close to the Sun affects materials resembling those found on asteroids. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of an analytical and/or numerical model of the destruction process that will be included in evolutionary models of the near-Earth asteroid population.

The position is fully funded for 4 years with a starting salary of 32800 SEK per month + benefits.

The application deadline is June 26, 2023 CEST.

Metaversity is hiring Ph.Ds to teach in the Metaverse

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Space Sciences
City: Remote
State/Province: Remote
Country: Remote
Contact Person: Dr Trudi Hoogenboom
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Metaversity
Application Due Date: Thursday, June 01 2023

Join the innovative school in the Metaverse where 13-18-year-old students learn disruptive technologies (Generative AI, 3D printing, Data Science, and all things Space related).

Our mission is to bring a world-class, transformative, future-focused enrichment education to students globally. We take pride in our collaborative, team-oriented environment with colleagues who deeply care about our mission. Metaversity is a fully remote company, and like our students, our team is global. We are hiring part-time faculty members from a vast range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. These are paid positions. 

The role: Teaching 5 x 1-hour classes per week. Classes are at the same time each day but each teacher has the flexibility to choose the time, the amount of classes you are able to teach each day, and for how many weeks. We operate in all time-zones. We have 2 pay scales depending on whether you create content or use ours. Classes start June 19 in our Metaverse classrooms.

Required: A Ph.D. in Planetary Science, Astrobiology, Data Science, or Satellite Engineering (or related fields).

Bonus points for any of the following (but NOT required)

1. Fluently speaking a foreign language

2. Prior experience using a VR headset e.g. Oculus (including games)

3. Prior experience teaching 13-18-year-olds (scientific outreach included)


Metaversity has been founded by Dr. Jim Green, Dr. Trudi Hoogenboom, and Wasim Ahmed


If interested, please fill out an application form at:


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
Web Link:

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 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]