Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the Florida Space Institute/University of Central Florida in Small-Body Planetary Sciences

The Florida Space Institute (FSI) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position to carry out research on the physical processes on the surface of small bodies such as asteroids. The successful candidate will be expected to investigate material and mechanical properties of asteroid simulants under relevant conditions. Supervision of undergraduate research assistants and publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals are expected.

The position will have a start date before November 2019 and is renewable annually for up to three years.

The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn, and succeed (

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, or a related field is required.


Experience in the following is of interest:

  • Hands-on experience in hardware design, manufacturing, and operation;
  • Laboratory work with cryogenic samples;
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students;
  • One or more of the following coding languages: IDL, Python, C, C++, Fortran.

EEO Employer:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:ย As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted electronically at

Additional Application Materials Required:

Candidates must also submit:

  • Full curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter describing their related experience;
  • Statement of research interests;
  • Names, addresses, and emails of three people willing to write letters of recommendation

Questions may be directed to: [email protected]