Career Opportunities

Senior Staff Scientist Position at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

By Keith Cowing
December 18, 2008

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas, is accepting applications for the position of Senior Staff Scientist. The successful applicant will perform outstanding basic scientific research in the lunar and planetary sciences, attract funding for their personal research activities, present research results in publications in refereed journals and at conferences, likely have an active role in space missions, participate in the academic community for his/her field, support NASA through activities on committees and panels, and contribute to the dissemination of lunar and planetary science information throughout the academic community and to the general public. He/she will have mentoring roles for junior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, university as well as school-age students, and will work to identify, pursue and secure new funding opportunities for the Institute and for USRA.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a planetary sciences or geosciences-related field and at least 10 years of experience in scientific research beyond the Ph.D. Applications will be accepted in any area of the planetary sciences, although preference may be given to research that enhances the interactions between LPI and the Astromaterials Research Group at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written formats, including presentations to the scientific research community, and government representatives. He/she must bring strong connections to and reputation with NASA and the scientific community.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a Curriculum Vita with list of relevant publications, a brief (maximum three pages) 5-year research plan, and a list of three references. Please e-mail your application materials to or fax to 281-486-2173. These materials must be received by January 16, 2009.

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Source: NAI Newsletter

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