Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher, Science (Visiting) (Geochemistry and Petrology of Extraterrestrial Materials)

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), part of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of geochemistry and petrology of extraterrestrial materials.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of planetary scientists at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The project is funded by NASA to investigate the effect of shock on H mobility in nominally anhydrous minerals and apatite. The work will involve impact shock experiments on geological materials, and their analysis by a variety of in-situ techniques.  Candidates with a strong background in petrology or geochemistry, and preferably experience with H analysis by FTIR or SIMS and shock effects and experimental petrology in minerals and meteorites, are encouraged to apply.

Completion of the PhD by the beginning of the appointment is required. The position would be for one year, with a possible extension to a second year. The candidate must be able to pass a detailed government background investigation. Technical questions should be addressed to Dr. Anne Peslier ([email protected]). Interested applicants should apply to the posting before October 1, 2020 at and must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with list of publications, a two- to three-page statement of research interests and plans, and a list of at least three professional references. For general information about LPI please go to

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.