Postdoc Opportunity in Planetary Geoscience
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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
The successful applicant will join postdoc advisor, Dr. Yang Liu in continuing the study of volatiles in impact melt pockets in Martian meteorites and in participating new studies of planetary materials. The successful applicant is also encouraged to design and conduct his/her own research with opportunities to use laboratories at the JPL and the Division of Geological and Planetary Science at Caltech. The applicant will be expected to carry out the research project, give presentations at professional meetings, and prepare publications on their work.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Petrology, Geochemistry, Planetary Science, or a related field. Experience with mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and laboratory measurements is desirable. Applicants may be subject to additional program requirements by NASA. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.
Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.
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