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Postdoctoral Research Associate I (Lunar and Planetary Laboratory)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Posting Number: req19168

Department: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate I to work on radar instrument development projects and conduct original research on the use of future radar systems to obtain quantitative information about the surfaces of Venus, Mars and the Moon. The Postdoctoral Research Associate I will work as part of the Space Exploration SAR instrument development team, and the EnVision VenSAR Science Team, to develop strategies for the use of these systems. This work will include analysis of possible target regions on relevant planets, modeling of radar performance, participation in remote and in-person team meetings, presenting results at conferences, and preparation of original scientific research manuscripts.

The position is for one-year, renewable for additional time contingent on successful completion of responsibilities and availability of funding.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct original research related to the future use of radar data of Venus, Mars, and the Moon.
  • Coordinate with broader planning efforts of the EnVision VenSAR team and contribute to broader team efforts.
  • Participate in remote and in-person team meetings, presenting results at conferences, and preparation of original scientific research manuscripts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Experience using radar remote sensing data of planetary surfaces, particularly of Venus, Mars, and the Moon
  • Skills in scientific programming.
  • Ability to work in teams and communicate effectively with different groups/individuals
  • Experience with radar instrument development, or the interest in developing such skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Planetary Science, Geosciences, or related field at time of position start date. 

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: 56,484 - 62,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Lynn Carter

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

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