Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences

The National Air and Space Museum has established the Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship to support scientific research in this area.

The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) is the scientific research unit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Scientists in CEPS primarily focus on planetary geologic and geophysical processes that have shaped the surfaces of rocky and icy bodies in the solar system including the Earth and Moon. CEPS scientists are actively involved in many of NASA’s and ESA’s current and planned planetary robotic missions. Research is supported by an extensive collection of archival photographs of the Moon as well as images and maps of the planets and their satellites. 

Research areas of interest include planetary landscape evolution, planetary volcanism and cryovolcanism, tectonics of rocky and icy bodies, radar remote sensing and radar sounder studies, and analysis of terrestrial analog landforms. Competitive proposals should demonstrate knowledge and expertise in areas such as quantitative remote sensing analysis, tectonics and tectonophysics, volcanic processes, and quantitative terrestrial and planetary geomorphology.

Appointments can be made for one or more years. Stipends are compatible with NRC postdoctoral fellowships in the applicant's field.

Opportunities:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship positions at the National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. The fellowship supports independent research projects in planetary science. 

The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) is the scientific research unit at the National Air and Space Museum. Most of the research in CEPS focuses on planetary geologic and geophysical processes that have shaped the surfaces of rocky and icy bodies in the solar system including the Earth and Moon. CEPS scientists are actively involved in many of NASA’s and ESA’s current and planned planetary robotic missions.  Research is supported by an extensive collection of archival photographs of the Moon, and images and maps of the planets and their satellites. 

Research areas of interest include planetary landscape evolution, planetary volcanism and cryovolcanism, tectonics of rocky and icy bodies, radar remote sensing and radar sounder studies, and analysis of terrestrial analog landforms. Competitive proposals should demonstrate knowledge and expertise in areas such as quantitative remote sensing analysis, tectonics and tectonophysics, volcanic processes, and quantitative terrestrial and planetary geomorphology.

Apply

Application deadline has been extended to January 12, 2019. All current applications are valid and under review. Please apply through Smithsonian SOLAA and select the Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship program under the National Air and Space Museum.

Applicants are invited to (but not required to) propose a staff member to work with as well as information for two references. The applicant will also be required to upload the following documents: 

  1. Abstract for the proposed research
  2. Bibliography for the written research proposal
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. An approximately 1,500 word research proposal not to exceed six double space pages

The research proposal should address the following three points:

  1. A description of the research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian Institution including the methodology to be utilized
  2. The importance of the work, both in relation to the broader discipline and to your own scholarly goals
  3. Justification for conducting your research at the Smithsonian, including addressing at least one of the grand challenges, and utilization of research facilities and resources

For more information please contact Rosemary Aiello