Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) is the scientific research unit at the National Air and Space Museum. Most of the research in CEPS focuses on planetary geologic and geophysical processes that have shaped the surfaces of rocky and icy bodies in the solar system including the Earth and Moon. The fellowship supports independent research projects in planetary science.

Research areas of interest include planetary landscape evolution, planetary volcanism and cryovolcanism, tectonics of rocky and icy bodies, radar remote sensing and radar sounder studies, and analysis of terrestrial analog landforms. Competitive proposals should demonstrate knowledge and expertise in areas such as quantitative remote sensing analysis, tectonics and tectonophysics, volcanic processes, and quantitative terrestrial and planetary geomorphology.

Application deadline has been extended to January 12, 2019. All current applications are valid and under review. Please apply through Smithsonian SOLAA and select the Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship program under the National Air and Space Museum.

Applicants are invited to (but not required to) propose a staff member to work with as well as information for two references. The applicant will also be required to upload the following documents: (1) Abstract for the proposed research (2) Bibliography for the written research proposal (3) a curriculum vitae (4) a ~1500 word research proposal not to exceed six double space pages.

The research proposal should address the following three points:

  1. A description of the research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian Institution including the methodology to be utilized.
  2. The importance of the work, both in relation to the broader discipline and to your own scholarly goals
  3. Justification for conducting your research at the Smithsonian, including addressing at least one of the grand challenges, and utilization of research facilities and resources.

For more information please contact Rosemary Aiello.