U.S. Geological Survey – Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program – Research Opportunity #18-27
Evaluating mineral resources on Mars for exploration and colonization. Closing date: January 6, 2020. GS-12 two-year appointment. Duty station: Lakewood, Colorado, USA. Areas of Ph.D.: Geology, planetary geology, imaging spectroscopy, and mineral spectroscopy or related fields. The Denver Spectroscopy Group is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research focused on creating mineral maps of the Martian surface using orbital imaging spectrometer and broadband data emphasizing key minerals to pinpoint sites most favorable for habitat location. A related research topic involves spectrally mapping relict hydrothermal deposits to answer stubborn questions about their origin and where to focus future rover efforts to potentially discover evidence of past life. A research proposal is the most important part of the application package and will be evaluated by an expert panel. Applicants are strongly urged to coordinate the development of their proposal with the USGS research advisor (i.e., Gregg Swayze; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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