Early Career Venus Scholars Job Opportunities

Brown University — Assistant Professor of Geochemistry-Earth/Planetary Processes

Deadline: October 28, 2018

The Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences at Brown University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in geochemistry. Any analytical, experimental and theoretical/computational approach to understanding the origin and chemical evolution of the Earth and planets will be considered. Some examples include, but are not limited to, cosmochemistry, planetary petrology, non-traditional stable isotope geochemistry, early Earth evolution, volcanology, and interactions of planetary materials with hydrospheres and atmospheres. Preference will be given to candidates whose strengths complement departmental research expertise in Geochemistry and Petrology, Planetary Geoscience, Geophysics, and Climate and Environment. We seek scientists whose research integrates field observations, geochemical analyses, experimental studies, and geochemical theory and/or modeling. We are interested in scientists whose research transcends traditional boundaries in geochemistry, such as between high-temperature and low-temperature geochemistry, geochemistry and geophysics, and terrestrial and planetary. The successful candidate will maintain an active, externally-funded research program and enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level.

Research Physical Scientist, Research AST, Chemical and Biological Evolution

 Deadline: September 21, 2018


The Exobiology Branch at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center (ARC) is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of a Research Physical Scientist. The Research Physical Scientist conducts research that emphasizes the conception and development of flight instruments that are suitable for detecting evidence of life, including extant life, and/or identifying and characterizing habitable environments beyond Earth.


Post-doctoral Position in Isotope Cosmochemistry and Planetary Science

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in Isotope Cosmochemistry and Planetary Science.

The NSF supported National SIMS Facility at ASU has an opening for a prestigious Postdoctoral Scholar position. The NanoSIMS laboratory, part of the ASU-SIMS facility, is used by a wide range of users in cosmochemistry, geology and geochemistry, microbiology and engineering. We are looking for candidates who aim to develop NanoSIMS methodologies that can advance the analytical capabilities of the instrument. Early expressions of interest and inquiries can be sent to

Complete applications will be reviewed on 15th September and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information about this position is located at:

Esa Research Fellowships in Space Science Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences at National Air and Space Museum

Applications due October 1, 2018

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application deadline: November 1, 2018

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here: NPP Planetary Science Research Opportunities Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements.
U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

UPDATED! Stipends now start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

For further information and to apply, visit:

GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist & Geospatial Center Director at the Lamar Geospatial Center

Tenure-Track Assistant & Associate Researcher at The University of Hawai`i
Tenure-Track Assistant (R3M11) and Associate Researcher (R4M11): Earth and Planetary Exploration Using Small Satellites (position numbers 86164 and

Experimental Petrologist – (AS0003PD)

NRAO Seeks Part-time Science Writer, Education & Outreach, Charlottesville, VA

Faculty Position in Geophysics and Geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position. The search is in the broad area of geophysics and geochemistry encompassing the Earth and other planetary bodies in the solar system. We seek candidates who use theory, observation, and/or experimentation and particularly encourage applicants whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Candidates should have the potential for innovation and leadership in research and a commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in geoscience or related field by the start of employment. Our intent is to hire at the assistant professor level, but more senior appointments may also be considered. A complete application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one- to two-page descriptions each of research and teaching plans, and three letters of recommendations. We request that in their cover letter, applicants explicitly commit to our department's code of conduct.

Submit applications at:

To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 1, 2018.

Search Contact:
Ms. Karen Fosher, HR Administrator, EAPS, 54-924

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.