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Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher

   

Position Type:

Other Academic

   

Department:

LSUAM Science - GG - Planetary Geology (Suniti Kumara Walimuni Devage (00001957))

   

Work Location:

E0235 Howe Russell Kniffen East Geoscience Complex

   

Pay Grade:

Other Academic

   

Job Description:

The Planetary Science Lab (PSL) in Geology & Geophysics, Louisiana State University (LSU), led by Dr. Suniti Karunatillake seeks a 24-month Postdoctoral Fellow. The LSU Big Idea Phase 3 Provost’s Seed Grant entitled “The GANGOTRI mission for geologic, habitability, and resource insight of Mars,” primarily funds the position. The Fellow will lead key aspects of mission development summarized in our Poster-Abstract from NASA’s inaugural Technology Showcase, the related NASA-NAS 2023-2032 Decadal Survey White Paper (2021), and potentially technology advancement from analog research at glacial sites like the eponymous Gangotri. Numerous collaborations are expected within the 17-member team led jointly by Karunatillake and Dr. Scott Perl (NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, within the JPL Origins and Habitability Lab), spanning 4 NASA centers (JPL, NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA-Johnson Space Center, and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center), Los Alamos National lab, 1 European space center, and 2 space companies. GANGOTRI also crosscuts 3 LSU colleges and 5 departments, including 3 early-career faculty. Additional opportunities include GANGOTRI-advancing collaborations with an incoming NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, advised by team member Dr. Heidi Haviland at the NASA-MSFC.

Duties Include:
40% Submitting at least two mission-related manuscripts to internationally circulated journals managed by non-profit professional societies (e.g., American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research). One of these must successfully complete peer-review to support GANGOTRI’s science aims. The other may support one payload suite with related postdoctoral work conducted at JPL.

25% Leading one abstract on one of GANGOTRI’s science aims or hypotheses, another supporting LSU’s payload suite, and co-authoring a third with the GANGOTRI team. These will be at the specificity level of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

25% Proposing a topical project (e.g., science and payload demonstrations at a Mars context glacial site) to a NASA or National Science Foundation (NSF) solicitation.

10% Coordinating science traceability matrix (STM), payload trade space, and technology readiness level workshops. These will emulate the Keck Institute of Space Studies workshops, Keystone symposia, and the Delphi method.

Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in Geoscience, space or planetary science.

Specific experience required: The applicant’s research areas may span any combination of GANGOTRI-related topics: for example, analysis of Martian glacial observations across multiple satellite datasets; field work on Earth’s glacial processes; geophysical surveying methods including acoustic seismology; atomic and nuclear remote sensing methods such as visible to near-infrared, and gamma-neutron spectroscopy; and modeling englacial weathering or isotopic exchange.

Job Competencies required:

Beginner in Rugged (i.e., camping-only) field research experiences if any

Advanced in First-authored peer-reviewed works during the PhD, particularly relying on science or engineering data analysis with Python, ENVI/IDL, MATLAB, or Mathematica and Instances of communicating science to a global research audience at venues like the LPSC

Proficient in Papers in each year following the PhD and Examples of proposing projects to a taxpayer-funded central government venue (e.g., Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology, ROSES Habitable Worlds, NASA NPP)

The salary for this position will be $47,000 annually.

   

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Please submit a current CV along with contact information for 3 professional references. Given the fellowship's scope, the applicant's resume must list the following for eligibility:
(1) first-authored peer-reviewed works during the PhD, particularly relying on science or engineering data analysis with Python, ENVI/IDL, MATLAB, or Mathematica;
(2) papers in each year following the PhD;
(3) rugged (i.e., camping-only) field research experiences if any;
(4) instances of communicating science to a global research audience at venues like the LPSC; and
(5) examples of proposing projects to a taxpayer-funded central government venue (e.g., Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology, ROSES Habitable Worlds, NASA NPP).

For questions or concerns regarding the status of your application or salary ranges, please contact Dr. Karunatillake: sunitiw@lsu.edu

   

Posting Date:

August 31, 2023

   

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

  

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Remote Work - Positions approved to work remotely outside the State of Louisiana shall be employed through Louisiana State University’s partner, nextSource Workforce Solutions, for Employer of Record Services including but not limited to employment, benefits, payroll, and tax compliance. Positions employed through Employer of Record Services will be offered benefits and retirement as applicable through their provider and will not be eligible for State of Louisiana benefits and retirement.

   

Essential Position (Y/N):

   

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