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Postdoctoral Researcher, Science, Visiting

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Company :
Universities Space Research Association

Location :
Houston, Texas

Expiry Date :
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Description :
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), part of the Universities Space Research Association, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of petrology and/or spectroscopy of Venus analog, as well as other extraterrestrial materials. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Justin Filiberto and Allan Treiman at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (Houston, TX) on the petrology and spectroscopy of Venus analogs and of other extraterrestrial materials. Half of the fellowship will be funded by a NASA grant to study Venus surface geology and petrology, and high-temperature near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of Venus analog materials. The remainder of the fellowship would be available for planetary research of the applicant’s choice, and for service to NASA and participation in Education and Engagement activities. The successful applicant will have access to resources at the LPI (scanning electron microscope, VNIR reflectance spectrometer, optical microscope, radar properties lab) and many of the resource at the ARES division of Johnson Space Center ( Candidates with backgrounds in petrology, mineralogy, planetary materials/analogs, experimental petrology, and/or spectroscopy are strongly encouraged to apply. Completion of the PhD by the beginning of the appointment is required. The fellowship would be for two years, with a possible extension to a third year. The candidate must be able to pass a detailed government background investigation. Technical questions should be addressed to Dr. Justin Filiberto () or Dr. Allan Treiman (). Interested applicants should apply to the posting before February 1, 2021 at USRA Careers, and must submit there a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with list of publications, a two- to three-page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of three or more professional references. For information about LPI please see USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation ( where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity