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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER - PLANETARY SCIENCE

Employer
Southwest Research Institute
Location
Olmos Park, TX
Closing date
Jan 26, 2023

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Sector
Science
Organization Type
Corporate
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Who We Are:
A recognized leader in space science research and spacecraft instrumentation, avionics, and electronics, we are helping to reveal the secrets of our solar system and the universe.
Objectives of this Role:
  • Lead novel modeling research while contributing to various ongoing research projects in collaboration with other members of the In Situ Techniques Group.
  • Develop new geochemical and cosmochemical models as foundational science in support of current or future mission work, including Ocean Worlds and origins science.
  • Collaborate with remote sensing and lab studies groups and with the Space Science Division in general on mission activities, observation campaigns, laboratory science, and flight mission/instrumentation/technology development and advancement projects.
  • Disseminate results through active publication in peer-reviewed journals and participation at scientific meetings/conferences.
  • Actively seek funding by contributing to proposal development in the In Situ Techniques Group and elsewhere in the Space Science Division.
Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:
  • Lead/execute model development using robust analysis methods in consultation with senior project team members to derive important insights into conditions and processes in extraterrestrial environments relevant to planetary missions.
  • Work closely with a team of scientists, engineers, and graduate students while executing fundamental and or applied research on ongoing projects.
  • Attend team meetings to inform the group of progress and results through presentations.
  • Develop science or technical requirements for future hardware development projects.
Requirements:
  • Requires a PhD with a 3.00 GPA in Planetary Science, Astronomy, Geological Sciences, Physics, Applied or Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or related fields.
  • 0 years: Acadmeic demonstration of independent research is required
  • Must show potential to develop an independent research program
  • Experience in geochemical or cosmochemical modeling and interpretation, as well as application of mass spectrometry data are beneficial
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