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Multiple Postdoctoral Posititions Available in Planetary Sciences

University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Tucson, Arizona
Salary commensurate with experience, with standarized salary tiers set by the University of Arizona
Closing date
Oct 26, 2023

The Hamilton Research Group within the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) seeks multiple Postdoctoral Scholars to conduct research related to planetary surface processes. Available projects relate to a variety of topics including: silicate volcanism, cyrovolcanism, and planetary analog studies—with an emphasis on the environmental impacts of flood basalt eruptions on Mars, modeling lava flow dynamics, modeling cryomagmatic eruptions on Europa and Enceladus, as well as field- and laboratory based investigations of volcanic terrains and their habitability.

Experience related to one or more the following subject areas is desired, but it is understood that no one candidate will have expertise in all of these subject areas: finite element modeling (e.g., Comsol Multiphysics); photogrammetry (e.g., Agisoft Metashape); geographic information systems (e.g., ArcGIS); machine learning, informatics, statistics, and programming (e.g., Python, R, C, and Matlab); laboratory investigations related to astrobiology, and instrumentation (e.g., unoccupied aircraft systems and LiDAR technology).

The University of Arizona is among the Top Ranked institutions for Planetary Sciences ( and the city of Tucson is ranked by Time magazine as one of the World's Greatest Places to live in 2023 (

Applicants should apply via the University of Arizona's official Talent Search website (req17634), but may direct questions to Christopher Hamilton ( Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae and a brief (<2-page) Cover Letter that identifies the applications goals and specifies the names and email addresses for three prospective letter writers. Letters of Reference will only be solicited for short-list candidates. Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2023, but the position(s) will remain open until filled. The start date is negotiable, but it is anticipated that successful applicants would begin around January 1, 2024. Positions are initially for a period of one-year, but are renewable depending on performance.

The University of Arizona offers outstanding benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, as well as UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members, access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

At the University of Arizona, we also value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.



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