Postdoc in Experimental Planetary Science

Dear Colleagues,

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Columbia University’s Astrophysics Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to perform laboratory simulations of solar wind ion irradiation of Mercury’s regolith surface.  The successful candidate will join the group headed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin; they will participate in designing, building, and performing experiments utilizing a novel ion-beam apparatus to study the spectral changes and sputtering yields of     regolith-like loose powders.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years; this is contingent upon the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or the equivalent degree in Planetary Science, Physics, Geology, Astrophysics, or a related field. Desired laboratory skills include experience with apparatus design and construction; fast ion beams; ion optics; ultra-high vacuum techniques; ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectral reflectance measurements; quadrupole mass spectrometers; catcher foils; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; and associated electronics.  Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, LabView, Python, Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, SIMION, Linux/Mac OS, and Windows OS.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in at least some of the areas listed above, a proven research ability, and evidence of future research potential.  The candidate is expected to be able to work well independently and cooperatively with a team and to communicate the results of his/her research both orally and in writing. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are highly desirable. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Savin at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and statement of past research.  In addition they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Dr. Savin.  Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received.  Applications and letters should be submitted by email to  Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.


Daniel Wolf Savin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory