Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Space Sciences

Washington University in St. Louis invites applicants to conduct independent research as a postdoctoral fellow of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences (MCSS) in the broad field of space sciences. We welcome applicants with interests in Astromaterials, Cosmochemistry, or Meteoritics; Experimental, theoretical, or observational Astrophysics; Planetary Science; Particle and Nuclear Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation; and Earth as a Planet. In their application materials, the candidate should describe their research interests and list potential collaborators from among the faculty fellows of the MCSS. The initial annual salary is $65,000 with additional funds available for research expenses and travel support.

Candidates must have a PhD or be a May 2021 degree candidate specializing in one of the fields listed above and have a record of excellent scholarship.  Ideal candidates will have demonstrated expertise in relevant observational, lab-based, theoretical, and computational methodologies.

The initial appointment will be for a one year period, renewable for a second year. Washington University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a 2-page statement of interest or research proposal, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applicants are responsible for contacting referees. Referees will need to have their letters uploaded to the link provided by the application site. Applications and letters are due May 24, 2021 and should be submitted (along with reference letters) through Interfolio  Questions related to the search or application process may be directed to Jan Foster at