The Planetary Group, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral position in analysis of infrared spectral data from the Deep Impact prime mission to Tempel 1 (Jul. 2005) and the extended mission’s flyby of comet Hartley 2 (EPOXI; Nov. 2010). In addition, there are opportunities for the candidate to support the Small Bodies Node of NASA's Planetary Data System.
Successful applicants will join a team of researchers at UMD working with Deep Impact and EPOXI and a group of planetary scientists whose projects span from dynamical studies to observational programs. UMD scientists have major roles in several other planetary missions including Rosetta, Chandrayaan-1, Stardust NeXT, and DAWN.
Prospective researchers should have a strong background in surface and/or gaseous spectroscopy in addition to knowledge of and experience with small body research and/or remote sensing. Successful applicants are expected to be versatile, have a strong and broad interest in planetary science, and have relevant experience as thesis research or as other post-doctoral activities.
The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. Starting dates in late 2011 are preferable.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research goals, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to UMD. All application materials should be submitted electronically to Mr. Jacob Ritchie, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742-2421 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please address questions to Dr. Jessica M. Sunshine (email@example.com) and Dr. Lori M. Feaga (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.