Postdoctoral Position in Exoplanet Research and Public Outreach

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Physics
City: Boise
State/Province: Idaho
Country: USA
Contact Person: Brian Jackson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Boise State University
Application Due Date: Friday, April 28 2023
Web Link: https://jobs.boisestate.edu/en-us/job/497493/post-doctoral-research-fellow

The Department of Physics at Boise State University invites applicants for a postdoc in Brian Jackson’s group. Experience in exoplanet transit photometry using space- and ground-based methods desired. The postdoc will also participate in outreach efforts including light pollution measurement, effects on astronomy, and policy in coordination with Dr. Travis Longcore at UCLA. 

Intended start date is summer 2023 but can be negotiated. Compensation includes about $50k in salary plus benefits, conference travel, publication charges, and moving expenses. The appointment is for two years with possible renewal for a third year subject to performance and funding availability. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field at appointment.

Boise State University seeks excellence through inclusiveness and encourages members of historically underrepresented groups to apply. The City of Boise is rapidly growing and is very family-friendly. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Please submit a CV, a 3-page research statement, 1-page outreach statement, & contact information for professional references to https://jobs.boisestate.edu/en-us/job/497493/post-doctoral-research-fellow. Application review expected to begin first week of May with offer by end of May. Direct questions to Prof. Brian Jackson – [email protected].

Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Science Fellowship

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: United States
Contact Person: Ross Irwin & Emily Martin
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: National Air and Space Museum
Application Due Date: Friday, March 31 2023
Web Link: https://fellowships.si.edu/opportunity/postdoctoral-earth-and-planetary-sciences-fellowship

POSTDOCTORAL EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES FELLOWSHIPS AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM 

The Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) in Washington, DC welcomes applications for two postdoctoral fellowships. 

Scientists in CEPS primarily focus on planetary geologic and geophysical processes that have shaped the surfaces of rocky and icy bodies in the solar system including the Earth and Moon. CEPS scientists are actively involved in field analog research and many of NASA’s and ESA’s current and planned planetary robotic missions. 

The fellowships have a term of one to two years and a stipend of $74,950 plus up to $5,000 health allowance per year. Required application materials include a CV/resume, project/research proposal, and bibliography.  

Competitive proposals should demonstrate knowledge and expertise in areas such as quantitative remote sensing analysis, tectonics and tectonophysics, volcanic processes, and quantitative terrestrial and planetary geomorphology. Proposals focused on Mars or icy moons of the outer solar system are particularly encouraged. The application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2023. 

More details and the application process are posted here: 

https://fellowships.si.edu/opportunity/postdoctoral-earth-and-planetary-sciences-fellowship 

For questions, email Ross Irwin ([email protected]) or Emily Martin ([email protected]). 

 

ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Science and Operations Department
City: Madrid or Noordwijk
State/Province: Spain or Netherlands
Country: Europe
Contact Person: Guido De Marchi
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: European Space Agency
Application Due Date: Sunday, April 30 2023
Web Link: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/esdc/visitor-programme

To increase the scientific return from its space science missions, the European Space Agency (ESA) welcomes applications from scientists interested in pursuing research projects based on data publicly available in the ESA Space Science Archives (https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/esdc).

The ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme is open to scientists, at all career levels, affiliated with institutes in ESA Member States and Collaborating States. Early-career scientists (within 10 years of the PhD) are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications by PhD students are also welcome.

During their stay, visiting scientists will have access to archives and mission specialists for help with the retrieval, calibration, and analysis of archival data. In principle, all areas of space research covered by ESA science missions can be supported.

Residence lasts typically between one and three months, also distributed over multiple visits. Research projects can be carried out at ESAC (Madrid, Spain) and at ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands). To offset the expenses incurred by visitors, ESA covers travel costs from and to the home institution and provides support for lodging expenses and meals.

Applications received before 1 May 2023 will be considered for visits in autumn 2023 and winter 2024.

For further details, including areas of research and contact information, please refer to:

[email protected]

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
Web Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScK50eV6CBlSskfScfP_vQ0OamgGwyj31vcqfF9VHLQjtZtIg/viewform?usp=sf_link

​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.

Postdoctoral Associate in Exoplanet Atmospheres

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Astronomy
City: College Park
State/Province: MD
Category: ,
Country: USA
Contact Person: Thaddeus Komacek
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Maryland
Application Due Date: Friday, March 17 2023
Web Link: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/369bc0eb

​The University of Maryland Department of Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the study of exoplanet atmospheres. The postdoctoral associate would work with Assistant Professor Thaddeus Komacek on projects focused on developing three-dimensional atmospheric circulation models of exoplanets and applying them to interpret observations.  The successful applicant would have the opportunity to work on projects including but not limited to studying the radiative feedback due to mineral clouds on the atmospheric dynamics of hot and ultra-hot Jupiters, the influence of magnetic fields on their thermal structure and deep dynamics, and the coupling of interior evolution models to atmospheric circulation models. Prior experience with general circulation models and familiarity with observational characterization of exoplanets is preferred. The candidate must have a Ph.D in astronomy, planetary science, geophysics, or a related field by the start date of the position. 

The appointment will be for two years, with continuation for one more year contingent on performance and the availability of funding. The expected start date is Fall 2023, and is negotiable. Along with salary and benefits, the appointment will include limited allowances for travel and moving expenses. 

To apply, please submit an online application. The requested materials include a full CV with a list of publications along with a brief (2 pages of text) description of research interests. Please also arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be sent via the same application form. All materials should be received by March 17, 2023. Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. 

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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: https://www.usajobs.gov/

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.

Postdoctoral researcher, Mars rover science/operations and Mars data analysis

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of the Geophysical Sciences
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Country: United States
Contact Person: Edwin Kite
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Chicago
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 08 2023
Web Link: http://sseh.uchicago.edu

The University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher to support Mars data analysis projects (a Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist grant on the timing and flow of surface and subsurface water at Gale crater, and a Mars Data Analysis Program grant on global and stratigraphic variations in sediment layer thicknesses on Mars). The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Edwin Kite to take part in Mars Science Laboratory science and operations, and analyze existing HiRISE Digital Terrain Models. The balance between rover and orbiter work will be chosen according to the preferences of the successful candidate.

Candidates should have a background in planetary science. Experience with rover operations, and/or Mars orbiter data analysis, is preferred but not required. This is primarily a data analysis position and modeling skills are not required though would be a welcome bonus. A start date in mid-to-late-2023 is preferred. This postdoctoral position will be for one year and funding is secured for renewal for a second year, contingent on satisfactory progress. The position comes with a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2023. Please send a CV, a brief description of research interests, and a list of publications as a single PDF file to [email protected]. Applicants should send the names and email addresses of 2-3 referees to this email address. Please direct informal inquiries about this post to Edwin Kite ([email protected]).

The University of Chicago hosts a vibrant planets and exoplanets research program, with particular emphasis on Mars, planetary sample analysis, and habitability: https://geosci.uchicago.edu/research/planetary-sciences-and-cosmochemistry/

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/EO/D/V Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity. UChicago seeks a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email [email protected] with their request.

Postdoc in Mars Geology at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
Contact Person: Sharon Purdy
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Application Due Date: Friday, February 17 2023
Web Link: https://www.si.edu/content/ohr/SITrustVacs/SITRUST-23-NASM0201.pdf

JOB OPENING: POSTDOC IN MARS GEOLOGY/GEOMOPRHOLOGY AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM 

The Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) in Washington, DC welcomes applications for a postdoctoral position.

Research areas for the position include analysis of:

  1. Geologic mapping of Mars, including relevant data analysis, and drafting text and figures for peer-reviewed publications.
  2. Geomorphic and topographic analyses of fluvial landforms using Mars orbiter and rover data, including relatively young fluvial landforms on impact craters.
  3. Participation on the Science Operations Team for Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover; and field studies of Mars analog landforms.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in analysis of Earth or planetary datasets. A background in quantitative terrestrial or planetary geology and experience with geographic information systems analysis of imaging and topography are desired.

This is a full-time, 2-year position in Washington, DC with benefits. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More details and application process here: https://www.si.edu/content/ohr/SITrustVacs/SITRUST-23-NASM0201.pdf

Application deadline is 5pm (Eastern time) on February 17, 2023.

For questions, email Sharon Wilson Purdy ([email protected]) or Ross Irwin ([email protected]).

Research Physical Scientist, AST-Solar Systems Analysis

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Environments Laboratory
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Scott Guzewich
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Thursday, February 23 2023
Web Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/702547900

The Planetary Environments Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, which studies the chemistry and astrobiology of the atmospheres and surfaces of planetary bodies, is seeking a scientist who specializes in chromatography, with a strong emphasis on front end separation techniques and hardware development. Candidates are expected to have experience in chromatography mass spectrometry techniques.  The job is open to all US citizens.  Applications are open between 2/9/2023 and 2/23/2023.  https://www.usajobs.gov/job/702547900

Research Space Scientist, Research AST Planetary Studies

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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: https://usajobs.gov

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 (www.usajobs.gov) 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.