Postdoctoral Research Associate in Planetary Geochemistry

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: 11 Feb 2021

A position for a postdoctoral research associate is open in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. We seek an individual who is excited to do research in planetary geochemistry using a combination of lab work and numerical modeling. The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to specific research that is currently supported by NASA funding, including the stability of brines on Mars and the chemical composition and habitability of the ocean on Enceladus. We are also interested in a person who can contribute to research about the geochemical environment for the origin of life, of relevance to the early Earth and early Mars. Origin of life studies are supported by the Simons Foundation. The selected candidate will join the group of Professor David Catling, currently consisting of 7 graduate students and 2 postdocs, and will have opportunities for collaboration and career development. The selected candidate will join a group within the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, which has four broad research areas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. The group is also part of the cross-campus Astrobiology Program, and the postdoc would be part of this broader interdisciplinary environment.

Work duties will include conducting laboratory and numerical modeling studies relevant to the stability of brines on Mars, the chemical composition and habitability of Enceladus’ ocean, and the geochemical environment for the origin of life; scientific analysis of data and model output; publication of results in scientific journals, and presentation at conferences; mentoring of graduate and undergraduate student researchers; and participation in occasional (analog) fieldwork, if needed, for research.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and employee benefits will be provided. The position runs for one year but is anticipated to be renewable for up to three years pending satisfactory performance. The position is available immediately, but the exact start date for the position is negotiable. A start by or before mid-2021 is highly desirable.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website at https://hr.uw.edu/labor/ . Initial appointments will be made for 12 months, renewable after that time. 

The University, College, and Department are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The department of Earth and Space Sciences is therefore seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. For more information on our commitment to building a culturally diverse workforce, please see: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/   and https://environment.uw.edu/about/diversity-commitment/  .

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant student and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women in science, engineering, and math (see https://advance.washington.edu/  ).


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