Advance the Development of Microwave and RF Reactors for Extracting Volatiles from Regolith

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JPL's Applied Low Temperature Physics group is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support the development of various microwave and RF approaches for extracting volatiles, in particular water, from regolith. The primary targets are lunar, Mars, and asteroid regolith.


The main task is to optimize the design of various reactors and experimentally test their efficiency. The postdoc will also work on using a mass spectrometer attached to the microwave apparatus to determine the composition of the extracted volatiles. The postdoc will interact with the mass spectrometer group lead Stojan Madzunkov, microwave engineers David Steinfeld and Jonathan Batres, and scientist Gerald Voecks. Dr. Martin Barmatz will serve as the postdoctoral advisor. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor and others, resulting in publications in the open literature.


Candidates should have a recent PhD in physics, astronomy, or planetary science and experience in using microwaves to study material properties. The candidate should also have proficiency with LabVIEW and SolidWorks, and at least one scientific programming language: Matlab, Mathematica, or COMSOL. The ideal candidate would have the ability to conduct independent research and support the preparation of peer-reviewed papers. Experience in measuring regolith simulant properties is desirable but not required. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. 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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