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LPI Staff Scientist Position

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX invites applications for a long-term, full-time staff scientist. We seek an active, self-motivated researcher with external funding or excellent prospects of external funding who will perform outstanding scientific research in the lunar and planetary sciences.

At the LPI, the successful candidate will enjoy interactions with its diverse group of in-house scientists, with those of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), and with faculty of the nearby Rice University and the University of Houston. The LPI has expertise in many areas of planetary science and, notably, leads a NASA Lunar Science Institute team. The successful candidate will have access to in-house computing and other resources at the LPI, as well as the laboratory facilities of JSC-ARES, which includes materials analysis (EMP, TEMs, LA-ICPMS), high-TP experimental laboratory, and high-speed impact (gun) laboratory.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences or in a relevant discipline, and at least 10 years of experience in the field. The successful candidate will be expected to design and conduct research in planetary science, propose for and receive external funding for research, support and advise post-doctoral fellows and/or graduate students, seek involvement with spacecraft missions if appropriate, and participate with NASA and the science community in review panels, analysis and advisory groups, etc.

The position of staff scientist is long-term, but LPI/USRA cannot give tenure nor provide specific guarantees of employment duration. The position is partially ‘soft money;’ within several years, the successful applicant is expected to obtain external support to cover half of his/her salary. USRA offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita with a list of publications, a brief (maximum three pages) statement of research interests, and a list of three references to https://usracareers.silkroad.com/.  Further information on current research and facilities at the LPI can be found on our website.

The Universities Space Research Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visiting Scientist Positions

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, is actively searching for senior planetary science professionals interested in spending time in residence at the Institute. LPI's physical proximity to NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate (ARES), and the NASA sample collection make it an ideal location for any scientist whose research would be enhanced by direct daily interaction with the ARES and LPI scientific staff.

The Institute’s dynamic environment provides the perfect atmosphere for senior academics considering going on sabbatical. Visiting Scientists in residence during the summer months may also participate in the renowned LPI Undergraduate Intern Program.

Applicants may propose to work in any area of the planetary sciences, with preference given to topics that enhance the interactions between the LPI and the Astromaterials Research Group at (JSC).

Visiting Scientist positions will generally be offered for periods of 1–12 months and are available for scientists with established records of research productivity.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae with list of relevant publications, a brief (maximum three pages) statement of proposed research, and three references. There is no firm application deadline and applications will be reviewed periodically.

Applications materials should be sent to the following address:

Dr. Stephen Mackwell
Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
https://usracareers.silkroad.com/

The Universities Space Research Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Postdoctoral Positions

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) seeks a self-motivated postdoctoral researcher to undertake work in any area of the planetary sciences, with preference given to topics that enhance the interactions between LPI and the Astromaterials Research Group at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in planetary sciences or a geosciences-related field. Postdoctoral positions will be offered for an initial period of up to two years, with possible extension to a maximum of three years. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae with list of relevant publications, a brief (maximum three pages) statement of proposed research, and a list of three references to:

Dr. Stephen Mackwell
Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
https://usracareers.silkroad.com/

There is no firm application deadline and applications will be reviewed periodically.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute is located in Houston, Texas.  Located 25 miles from the historic Gulf Coast, Houston is a vibrant, international city famous for outstanding low cost restaurants, arts and entertainment, and outdoor activities such as bird watching and kayaking located 25 miles from the historic gulf coast. 

The Universities Space Research Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

"Urey Fellows" at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, seeks candidates for its “Urey Fellows” program in planetary sciences. This prestigious fellows program is aimed at the postdoctoral level and recognizes excellence in research for scientists within 5 years of completion of the PhD. Fellows are expected to perform much of their research at the LPI or within the Astromaterials Group at the Johnson Space Center (ARES), but may spend up to 6 months per year at other institutions. Fellows will be allowed significant latitude in defining their own research direction. Highly competitive levels of remuneration and support for research and travel will be provided to successful candidates.

Applicants for this position should have a Ph.D. in a planetary and space sciences-related field before taking up the position. “Urey Fellows” will be offered support for an initial period of two years, with possible extension to a maximum of three years.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae with list of relevant publications, a brief (maximum three pages) statement of proposed research, and a list of three references. There is no firm application deadline and applications will be reviewed periodically.. Applications materials should be sent to

Dr. Stephen Mackwell
Director, Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
https://usracareers.silkroad.com/

Further information on current research and facilities at the LPI can be found on our website at www.lpi.usra.edu and for the ARES at ares.jsc.nasa.gov.

 

The Universities Space Research Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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Last updated April 17, 2013