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Postdoctoral Researcher (Urey Fellowship) (Internal) in Houston, TX at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 10/10/2018

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Job Description

Urey 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 seeking a senior postdoctoral scholar for its prestigious Urey Fellowship, named for the late cosmochemist, Dr. Harold Urey.

The Urey Post-doctoral Fellowship recognizes and promotes excellence in research for scientists who are at least three years past their doctorate. The Urey Fellow is expected to define their own research direction and foci within the planetary sciences. Preference will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated ability to secure their own funding and who have a strong publication record.

The Urey Fellow will be in residence at the LPI, and will be expected to take advantage of interactions 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. 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,. 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. 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.