Geological Analysis of the Mars 2020 and MSL Curiosity rover landing sites
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The focus of this position is the development of novel insights into the geologic context and depositional origin of the MSL Curiosity field site in Gale crater as well as Jezero crater, the landing site for the Mars2020 rover. Analysis will involve geologic mapping of high-resolution orbital images (HiRISE and CTX), digital elevation models, and orbital spectroscopic data (CRISM), and interpretation of images and geochemical data from the MSL Curiosity rover. This position will also assist in the development and implementation of rover operations field tests for the Mars 2020 Science Team. The postdoctoral scholar will be advised by Dr. Kathryn Stack Morgan, a Research Scientist at JPL whose research focuses on the sedimentary rock record on Mars as a way to understand the evolution of ancient surface processes. Dr. Stack Morgan is also involved in the Mars2020 mission as Deputy Project Scientist and MSL as a funded participating scientist. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Geology or Planetary Science, and should have experience with Mars orbiter or rover image data analysis. Previous mission operations experience and/or terrestrial field geology experience is highly desirable. 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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