Postdoctoral Lunar Scientist

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Space Science
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SES - Space Exploration Sector
We seek a postdoctoral planetary scientist who has experience in geologic mapping of airless bodies and knowledge of lunar regolith properties. The successful candidate will work on geologic examinations of the Moon (properties of lunar swirls, space weathering, and mapping of secondary craters along rays) and Mercury (crustal stratigraphy and origin of the intercrater plains). Additionally, they will work with a team to complete laboratory analyses of lunar regolith and lunar simulant samples and document their properties in order to inform lunar simulant users of the suitability of simulants for a variety of technology development uses. 

The duties of this position will include:

• Work in the lab to document the mineralogy, chemistry, particle size–frequency distribution, and morphology of lunar regolith simulants; document work in a manuscript for publication and develop content to be hosted online to assist simulant users (50-75%)

• Work with Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera data to perform geologic mapping of secondary craters and collect and analyze data for lunar swirls (10–20%)

• Conduct independent research on the origin and distribution of intercrater plains on Mercury (10–20%)

 

These allocations may change over time.

You will meet our minimum qualifications if you have:

 

• A Ph.D. in Planetary Geology or related field

• Expertise in geologic mapping

• Knowledge of lunar regolith properties

• Excellent writing and communication skills

 

You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have:

 

• Experience working with LROC and MDIS data sets

• Research funding of your own or as a co-investigator on an ongoing project

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