Post-Doctoral Position in Cometary Science - JRID40095

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
November 30, 2011
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
December 15, 2011
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
University of Maryland
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Submission Address for Resumes/CVs
Attention To: 
Mr. Jacob Ritchie
Department of Astronomy
Street Address Line 1: 
CSS 1204
Street Address Line 2: 
University of Maryland
College Park
Zip/Postal Code: 
Contact Information For Inquiries About Job
Email Address for Inquiries: &
Job Announcement Text: 

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

Please address questions to Dr. Jessica M. Sunshine ( and Dr. Lori M. Feaga (

The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Included Benefits: 

The University of Maryland's benefits package can be reviewed at