[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Associate / Ar-Ar Analysis

Charna Meth charnameth at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 18:02:53 MST 2018

Research Associate in Noble Gas Analysis


Applications are now being accepted for a Research Associate to work on the development of Ar-Ar analysis and dating of geologic samples at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, funded through Catholic University and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II), in conjunction with the GSFC Mid-Atlantic Noble Gas Research Laboratory (MNGRL). This position may be of interest to post-doctoral level researchers or more senior researchers as an exchange or sabbatical position. Such researchers would be appointed as "visiting scholars" and would work with one of our nearby universities as well as in our laboratory.


The successful candidate would join scientists in the Noble Gas Lab to develop and refine the capability for Ar-Ar geochronology on our multicollector instruments. The candidate would work with the PI and other lab scientists to use the Ar-Ar system to address questions about solar system materials, for example, the origin of meteorites, the age of aqueous alteration, or other research of mutual interest. The MNGRL facility comprises two multicollector magnetic sector mass spectrometers (Nu Noblesse and Thermo Helix) with various modes of gas extraction (laser and furnace), two in situ geochronology development projects, and sample examination and preparation capabilities.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field and have experience in noble gas analysis of geologic samples, either terrestrial or extraterrestrial. U.S. citizenship is not required. For full consideration, please submit a Curriculum Vita, list of publications, statement of research interests, and contact information for two references by November 2, 2018. This is a soft deadline. Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled. Application packets should be sent by email to: Ginny Peles, CRESST, Mail Code 660.8, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771; virginia.c.peles at nasa.gov


Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A start date in the range 

1/1/2019 - 3/1/2019 is preferred; later start dates may be negotiated. The initial appointment term will be two years, and may be renewable based on performance and funding. For more information about the proposed research, contact Dr. Barbara Cohen (Barbara.A.Cohen at nasa.gov). For information on CRESST II or positions with Catholic University, contact Dr. Tommy Wiklind (wiklind at cua.edu). Catholic University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse team and particularly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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