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Gordon McKay Fellowship in Houston, TX at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 6/7/2018

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Gordon McKay Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA Johnson Space Center and the Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), both in Houston, Texas, are proud to announce a new, prestigious Gordon A. McKay Postdoctoral Fellowship, honoring the accomplishments of Dr. Gordon A. McKay. Dr. McKay was a world-recognized authority on planetary igneous petrology and geochemistry, and was the leader of the ARES Research Office at JSC for over 20 years. The McKay Fellowship recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists within five years of their doctorate and is intended to encourage the development of young scientists in the field of astromaterials research that involves the study of the origin, composition, structure, and evolution of the bodies of the Solar System, including the planets and their satellites, the Earth and Moon, meteorites, asteroids, comets, and dust. McKay Fellows are expected to be self-motivated and to define their own research direction and foci within the planetary sciences (defined inclusively). The McKay Fellow will be in residence at JSC while also being an employee of USRA and active at the LPI, and be expected to interact with scientists of both organizations (see and Fellows will also enjoy access to all of JSC’s laboratories and analytical instruments on the same basis as scientific staff.

Applicants for this position should have a Ph.D. in a planetary and space sciences-related field before taking up the position. McKay Fellows will be provided highly competitive levels of salary, research support, and travel support for two years, with possible extension for another year. The candidate must be able to pass a detailed government background investigation. And due to security issues, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries (see link under "ECP Notices" at are not eligible.

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Louise Prockter ( Interested applicants should apply to the posting at and must submit a curriculum vita with list of publications, a two to three page statement of research interests, and a list of three professional references.  Further information on current research and facilities at the LPI and at JSC can be found through the websites given above.

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.


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