Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Space Sciences

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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 $66,000 with additional funds available for research expenses and travel support.

Candidates must have a PhD or be a May 2023 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 in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of the applicant’s contributions to up to three selected publications, and a 2-page research proposal, as well as 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 January 15, 2023 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


Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university with approximately 7600 undergraduate students and 7500 postgraduate students between the Danforth and Med School Campuses.

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