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Employment Opportunities

Current employment opportunities in the planetary sciences. If you are interested in posting a job announcement, please contact the AGU Planetary Sciences Section Secretary Michael Mischna.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Purdue University has recently established a program in Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering. The program aims at the identification and development of solutions to problems of long-term design and construction of sustainable and permanent human settlements outside Earth. The successful candidate will join a growing multidisciplinary group of faculty, researchers and students, working at the interface of planetary sciences, aeronautical engineering, structural engineering, geomechanics and social sciences.

We seek a dynamic individual with expertise at the interface of Planetary Science and Civil Engineering, with excellent communication and management skills. The candidate will collaborate with the research group in establishing research goals, identifying and quantifying risk hazards to create permanent habitats that will protect future explorers in extreme environments in space, will supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and will participate in the organization of seminar series and workshops.

Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Geosciences, or a related field at the time of appointment. Review of candidates will begin March 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Salary will be competitive.

Please send an application consisting of: (1) letter of interest; (2) CV, and (3) names of three references to:

Prof. Jay Melosh,
Prof. Antonio Bobet,

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Research Support Specialist III- SPIF Data Manager/GIS Specialist- Cornell University

The Cornell Center for Atmospheric and Planetary Science seeks candidates with GIS experience to fill our Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility, (SPIF) Data Manager's/GIS Specialist position. The SPIF Manager is responsible for the management of all aspects of SPIF operations. Assisting users in locating, processing and analyzing spacecraft data stored in NASA Planetary Data Systems. The successful candidate will hold yearly workshops on ArcGIS, SOCET, SET/GPX, and PDS data processing using USGS ISIS software package. They will also develop and maintain education/public outreach programs alongside existing center outreach personnel.

To apply and see additional information please go to:

Questions may be directed to Lynda Sovocool, Finance and Human Resource Manager,

Planetary Scientist, Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

This is an informal heads-up announcement. The Heliophysics and Planetary Science Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center anticipates filling a Planetary Scientist civil service position within the next several weeks. The candidate will fill a project scientist position for the Space Launch System (SLS), providing relevant expertise on Solar System destinations for human and robotic exploration. The candidate will also become a part of the MSFC Planetary Science group, focused on geologic investigation of planets, asteroids, and/or moons. We are especially interested in adding capability in remote sensing of solid surfaces to complement our existing expertise in geochronology 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.

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. We anticipate filling the position at the GS-13 level with a starting date in mid-2016. We will announce the formal job posting data when it is available. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Barbara Cohen, MSFC Planetary Sciences,, 256-961-7566. A how-to guide for preparing responsive applications using the site will be provided upon request.