Geologic Mapping Postdoctoral Opportunity

The Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution seeks a Postdoctoral researcher (Research Geologist, IS-11) to support activities of the Regolith Development Working Group of the OSIRIS-REx mission prior to and during spacecraft operations at the asteroid (101955) Bennu. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to carry out independent research in the area(s) of geologic mapping using imaging for morphologic features and collaborating with experts in spectroscopy to delineate lithologies, and is expected to publish scientific papers on a regular basis. This position entails weekly engagement with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, regular travel to collaborate with colleagues at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO, travel to science team meetings (two/year, usually in Tucson, AZ), and travel to Tucson, AZ, for mission-critical events in 2019. The desired start date is on or about July 1, 2018; the position renewable for up to 3 years dependent on satisfactory performance and progress.
Applications will be accepted immediately, with reviews starting on or about January, 15, 2018, and continuing until filled. Additional information, including specific information on the application process, is available at:

Contact: Tim McCoy ([email protected])