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Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis invites applications for the Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Department seeks outstanding candidates who will strengthen and complement existing areas of study, including terrestrial and planetary geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and climate science. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate directly with faculty and students within the Department, and will be invited to lead a seminar in their area of expertise.

This competitive postdoc is awarded for a one-year period, which may be extended to a second year. The annual salary is $70,000 with additional research funds of $6,000 per year. The appointment is anticipated to begin on or around July 1, 2024.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth, planetary, or climate science or a related field at the time of appointment, and have a record of excellent scholarship. The ideal candidate will have trans-disciplinary interests, and will interact scientifically with a broad spectrum of the Department's members.  

Application Instructions

Applicants should include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae (including full publication list), a two- to four-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. William McKinnon ( Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by Febuary 7, 2024. Please see:

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.



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