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Graham Ryder Fellowship in Houston, TX at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 3/28/2018

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“Graham Ryder Post-doctoral Fellowship” at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed for NASA by the Universities Space Research Association, is pleased to announce a new prestigious fellowship, honoring the accomplishments of the late Dr. Graham Ryder. Dr. Ryder was a world-recognized authority on lunar samples and the history of the Moon, and served as a Staff Scientist at the LPI for nearly 20 years.    

The Ryder Post-doctoral Fellowship recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists within five years of their doctorate. Ryder Fellows are expected to define their own research direction and foci within the planetary sciences. The Ryder Fellow will be in residence at the LPI, and will be expected to interact with its scientists (of many specialties, see and those of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division at Johnson Space Center ( The LPI leads a team in the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), allowing the Fellow collaboration with this community of lunar and asteroid explorers. LPI scientists also maintain active collaborations with faculty at the nearby Rice University and branches of the University of Houston. Fellows are also expected to contribute to the LPI’s mission of education and outreach in order to disseminate scientific results to the public.

Applicants for this position should have a Ph.D. in a planetary- or space sciences-related field, and will have a strong publication record. 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. Ryder Fellows will be provided competitive levels of salary, research support, and travel support for two years, with possible extension for another year. Travel to present research results at conferences and related meetings is expected.

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 our website.

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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