Early Career Venus Scholars Job Opportunities

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists 
the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's 
scientific goals. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete 
one- to three-year Fellowship appointments.

Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For further information and to apply, visit: Questions:

Postdoc on Infrasound as a Geophysical Probe Using Earth as a Venus Analog
The objective of this postdoctoral fellowship at JPL is to demonstrate the feasibility of using sensitive barometers to detect infrasonic signals from seismic and explosive volcanic activity on Venus from a balloon platform. The candidate will apply techniques for discriminating upward propagating waves from a seismic event by making measurements with two or more infrasonic sensors using very sensitive barometers on a tether deployed from the balloon in a series of earth-based tests. The researcher will demonstrate and validate the technique using an artificial infrasound source in a deployment from a hot air balloon on Earth and then extend it with longer duration flights in the troposphere and stratosphere. The research program will demonstrate an entirely new technique for studying the seismicity and interior structure of Venus.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Planetary Physics at SWRI
The Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute (Boulder) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to support activities of the Spectral Analysis Working Group of the OSIRIS-REx mission prior to and during spacecraft operations at the asteroid (101955) Bennu. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to carry out independent research in the area(s) of solid surface planetary and/or laboratory spectroscopy, and is expected to publish scientific papers on a regular basis. Support the following activities: Automated implementation for the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES) spectral library and software development for the OSIRIS-REx Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (OVIRS) spectral parameters; development of automated methods for integrating results from OTES and OVIRS automated data processing; establishment of protocols for creating 3D map data products, providing uncertainty estimates for mineral abundances and spatial locations, and optimizing confidence levels in maps of detected minerals on Bennu; interaction with other OSIRIS-REx science working groups that ingest spectrally derived data products for use in sample site selection and asteroid regolith characterization.

USRA/LPI Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Surface Processes
The Universities Space Research Association's Lunar and Planetary Institute invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow in modeling of planetary surface processes.

The successful candidate will join Dr. Edgard Rivera-Valentin in several projects related to simulating planetary surface process on Mars and the icy moons of Saturn. Projects are interdisciplinary in nature and involve numerical simulations of planetary surface processes and responsibilities in spacecraft data analysis and data management. Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy, physics, geosciences or a related field. Experience in numerical modeling and proficiency in programming languages is required; experience with MATLAB and IDL is desirable. Candidates with demonstrated experience in a wide array of subfields in planetary science are encouraged to apply. Candidates from underrepresented groups in STEM and those with a demonstrated history of efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM are particularly encouraged.

Interested applicants should apply to the posting at

NASA Release of ROSES-2018 Annual Omnibus NRA
NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces the release of its  annual omnibus solicitation for basic and applied research, Research  Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) 2018 at:
ROSES is an omnibus solicitation, with many individual program elements,  each with its own due dates and topics. Tables 2 and 3 of this NRA, at:


proposal due dates and hypertext links to descriptions of the solicited  program elements in the Appendices of this NRA.

 Frequently asked questions will be posted at:

Further information about specific program elements may be obtained from  the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information  for each program element in the Appendices and at:

Questions concerning general ROSES-2018 policies and procedures may be  directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate,  at

Job Opportunity: Planetary Data System Project Office Support
The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division,  Solar System Exploration Data Services Office (Code 690.1) is seeking a  scientist to support the Planetary Data System Project Office located at  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. This individual will be a key member  of a small management team providing oversight and leadership of the  Planetary Data System that provides a distributed archive of data products  from planetary missions. NASA's Planetary Data System consists of multiple  science and engineering nodes that enable data archiving from planetary  missions to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate  advanced research. Additional details will be posted soon on the USAJobs  site and information regarding the PDS GSFC office can be found at: and

Job Opportunity: Research Associate at LASP Working with the Langmuir  Probe and Waves Instrument
The space physics and planetary group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric  and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado (CU) are involved  in several current and near-term space flight missions. We invite  applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with data from  the Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW) instrument on the MAVEN mission. The  LPW instrument main observation regime is in the ionosphere, hence  candidates with experience of data analysis of ionospheres are encouraged  to apply. Also candidates experience with electric field measurement,  Langmuir probes, and spacecraft charging is also encouraged to apply. The  candidate will be working closely together with Dr. Andersson. The work  will include improve existing software routines for data production,  process the instrument data, and operate the instrument. The position will  initially be a one-year contract with possible extension. Salary will be  commensurate with hiring level, experience and qualifications. Evaluations  will begin immediately and we will continue to accept applications. More  information can be found at:

 Enter job #12448

 Please contact Laila Andersson ( or  Molly Hand ( with any inquiries.

Research Associate Job Posting for the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

The Planetary Remote Sensing group at Cornell University is seeking a Research Associate to join our diverse team. The position will be for an initial one year appointment, but is renewable with continuation for a second and third year contingent upon performance, and interest.
Continuation beyond three years will be contingent on continued availability of funds. The nominal starting date is flexible.

The successful candidate will work with Professor Alexander Hayes and his group, and closely collaborate with other members of the department (and their groups) including Professors Jonathan Lunine, Steven Squyres, and Philip Nicholson. While there is considerable latitude in the science program that can be pursued, specific topics of interest include numerical modeling and photogrammetric analysis with applications to Titan, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Mars. Applicants should apply through Academic Jobs online:

Position and Academic requirements as well as benefit information can be found through posting. Cornell University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Venus Opportunities

Venus and Extreme Environment In-Situ Science Investigations and Capability Development
This postdoctoral Fellowship at Glenn Research Center concentrates on in-situ Venus geophysics/atmospheric physics and chemistry studies performed in Venus-relevant environments, and exploring the capabilities of potential harsh environment instrumentation suites to provide relevant science data related to these studies. The core of this work is aimed at preparing NASA to have the relevant core scientific understanding and capabilities to conduct extended scientific investigations on Venus. Requirements are a recent Ph.D. in geophysics/ geology or atmospheric physics. Experience in experiment design or instrument/space craft system development is desirable.The position is for two years with a possible extension to three years. Apply through the NASA Postdoctoral Program website.

Postdoctoral Position in Planet Formation at SWRI Boulder
There is an open postdoctoral research position open at Southwest Research Institute’s office in Boulder Colorado to work with Hal Levison and Kevin Walsh on a variety of topics related to Planet Formation. Knowledge of terrestrial planet formation, planet migration, and collisional processes is preferred; knowledge of the N-body codes commonly used in planet formation and evolution models is preferred, especially those known as Swift, SyMBA or LIPAD; applicants must have a strong research interest and publication record in the dynamics of small bodies in the Solar System, and/or planet formation and/or planet migration. The job posting will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Rearsch Associate in Venus or Mars Science, Wesleyan Univerisity
Wesleyan University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences Group is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for one of two potential projects to work under the direction of Prof. Martha Gilmore. The funds will be available July 1, 2018 for two years. Venus Surface Mineralogy - we seek someone with expertise in geomorphology, remote sensing and mineralogy to undertake analysis of radar properties of the Venus surface to constrain the origin and composition of tessera highlands and the lowland plains materials. We will also examine chemical changes in relevant minerals exposed to Venus conditions using a number of analytical techniques. Mars Geochemistry and Spectroscopy - The project is to create a series of Mars analogue brines and precipitate them under terrestrial and martian conditions in a Mars chamber. VNIR spectra of the precipitates will be collected in situ and compared to data collected by CRISM in Mars orbit. The Planetary Sciences Group comprises 6 core faculty, 7 affiliated faculty and postdocs across the sciences and offers both graduate and undergraduate planetary curricula.

Wesleyan University is in Middletown CT, a New England college town midway between New York and Boston.
To apply:
Questions: Prof. Martha Gilmore, Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Geology Lecturer and Laboratory Director
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks to hire a Geology Lecturer and Laboratory Director to start August 1, 2018. The initial appointment is a 12-month full-time non-tenure track academic faculty position with a competitive salary and full benefits.  Although the initial appointment is for one year, the contract is renewable contingent on performance.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a three-tiered promotional structure for lecturers, so career advancement and wage increases are expected, contingent upon performance evaluations.  A primary duty of the position is to teach introductory geology courses in either physical, historical, environmental, or planetary geology. A second primary duty will be to coordinate laboratory sections for the undergraduate classes (~100 lab sections per year), manage the lab supplies and equipment, and to continuously develop the content of the labs. Field trips, experiential learning, and on-line courses are areas of special interest for development. A particularly important goal is to support our educational mission through the mentoring of graduate teaching assistants, including pedagogical training and classroom assessment. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship research institution, located in East Tennessee close to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences comprises an energetic group of tenure-track and research faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and ~180 graduate and undergraduate students. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree in geoscience or a related field, strong interpersonal skills, two years of relevant teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. in geoscience or a related field; demonstrated excellence teaching college level geoscience, environmental science, or a related field; experience using technology as a teaching tool; experience mentoring students.

Selection Process:  A search committee will begin reviewing applications May 15, 2018. A select group of applicants will be invited to interview by phone and/on campus.

Required application documents: Curriculum vitae, cover letter, two-page teaching statement, unofficial transcript from the candidate’s graduate program and the names of three references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation. All application materials and any additional questions should be submitted to the search committee chair, Molly McCanta (

The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Branch at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is opening a Planetary Scientist civil service position at the GS-13 level. The candidate will join the MSFC Planetary Science group, performing research focused on geologic and related investigations of planets, asteroids, and/or moons. We are especially interested in adding capability in instrument design and development that complements our existing expertise in geology, geomorphology, surface processes, volcanology, and geophysics. The candidate is also expected to bring or build a strong independent scientific research program through peer-reviewed proposals to NASA programs and/or through involvement in NASA planetary missions. Additionally, the candidate will join a team of science subject matter experts advocating for the integration of science into exploration endeavors, including the Space Launch System. All candidates must use the website to prepare and submit applications, and United States citizenship is required to be eligible for this civil service position. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Renee Weber,, 256-961-7705. A how-to guide for preparing responsive applications on will be provided upon request.

The position will open on 05/18/2018 and close on 06/01/2018.