JOB OPPORTUNITY: Postdoctoral Positions at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas seeks self-motivated postdoctoral researchers to undertake work in any area of the planetary sciences, including topics that enhance the interactions between LPI and the Astromaterials Research Group at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). LPI postdoctoral researchers are provided significant resources to help advance their careers, including competitive salaries and fringe benefit package, active mentoring, opportunities to pursue personal research activities, and training in proposal writing, effective presentation skills, and interactions with funding agencies and the media.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in planetary sciences or a relevant 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. There is no firm application deadline and applications will be reviewed periodically.

Applicants should apply to the posting at and must include:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of relevant publications;
  • A brief (three page) statement of proposed research including potential collaborators in (and outside) the Houston area, and specific needs for instrumentation; and
  • Names of three colleagues who can provide letters of support.

USRA is an independent, non-profit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers — on schedule and within budget.

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USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

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