These are job postings for positions that are ideal for those in the NExSS community based on their research interests and scientific experiences. If you’d like to post a job on this board, please contact one of the SCWG leads.

There are many job boards maintained by professional societies that NExSS members may belong to. We encourage you to browse their listings as well as the ones listed on this page.

Division of Planetary Sciences Job Board: https://dps.aas.org/jobs-list/all

AAS Job Register: https://jobregister.aas.org/

Geological Society of America Job Board: https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Publications/GSA_Today/Job_Board/GSA/GSAToday/Job_Board.aspx?_zs=qbPsc1&_zl=nO9f6

American Geophysical Union Job Board: https://findajob.agu.org/jobs/

AAAS Science Careers website: https://www.science.org/careers

NASAS Astrobiology Careers: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/careers-employment/

NExSS Jobs

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Virtual Planetary Laboratory at the University of Washington
The Astronomy department invites applications for a postdoctoral position in astrobiology. This position is funded by the NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) Virtual Planetary. The position is for two years but will be renewed annually and may be extended if further funding becomes available. The position is intended to begin as soon as possible, but no later than September 2022. The Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, is an interdisciplinary research team of more than 75 members at 20 institutions. A large portion of the VPL’s research involves interdisciplinary modeling of terrestrial exoplanet evolution, habitability and biosignatures. The position will be supervised by Dr. Victoria Meadows, the VPL Principal Investigator. The position is now open and will remain open until it is filled. For more information, please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/93537

College of Arts and Sciences IDEA Fellow at the Stony Brook University Department of Geosciences
The selected IDEA Fellow will be a postdoctoral position committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. The Fellow will have full access to the world-class research labs in our department and will be expected to develop research collaborations with our faculty. We have active research groups in planetary science, mineral physics, geochemistry/geochronology, and seismology/geophysics. After two years, the IDEA Fellow position will convert to a tenure track position, including a startup package. Application reviews will begin on September 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

You can learn more about our department here: https://www.stonybrook.edu/geosciences/index.html and about the IDEA Fellows program, including application instructions here: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/cas/about/idea_fellows/

Eberly Research Fellowship Program at Penn State
The Eberly College of Science solicits nominations for the Eberly Research Fellowship program each year. Candidates need to be nominated before applying (e.g., their dissertation advisor or current postdoctoral mentor).  Prospective nominees or nominators are encouraged to contact a potential faculty sponsor to learn more. Review of applications has begun, and applicants are encouraged to apply soon. https://science.psu.edu/research/eberly-postdoctoral-research-fellows

Assistant Professorship in the Department of Physics at Hampton University
The Department of Physics at Hampton University invites applications for a junior faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in fall 2022. Successful applicants will have demonstrated excellence in teaching, a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and a well-developed plan to establish an active research program with student involvement. All fields of research will be considered, including those at interdisciplinary boundaries. Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the City of Hampton.  It is a privately endowed, co-educational, non-sectarian institution of higher learning with accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related area/discipline by the time of appointment. Preference will be given to the candidates with a recent Ph.D. in Physics within 5 years, postdoctoral experience, and a proven record of journal publications in experimental nuclear physics or optical physics and materials development. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. The position is now open, and will remain open until it is filled. For more information: https://dps.aas.org/content/assistant-professor-1

Tenure-track faculty positions in Eberly College of Science at Penn State
This search is focusing on the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics and all ranks.  For this search it is particularly important that applicants demonstrate their interest to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence and belonging.  Review of applications has begun, and applicants are encouraged to apply soon. https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Tenured-and-Tenure-Line-Faculty_REQ_0000020625

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions have been filled. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP) Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar interested in exoplanet-related research and programmatics. The successful candidate will work with the Program Chief Scientists to support the definition and implementation of current & future exoplanet space observatories and their required precursor science.  Preferred research areas are defined by the ExEP Science Gap List (link below) and include: analyses of exoplanet demographics, host star properties, exozodiacal dust, simulations of mission science return and signal extraction, methods to mitigate stellar jitter in radial velocity datasets, instrumentation for high contrast imaging or precision RV work, or modeling of exoplanetary atmospheres and biosignatures.  Research connected to the exoplanet priorities of the Astro2020 Decadal Survey is especially encouraged.  The appointee will be expected to divide their time between program-related activities and independent exoplanet research.  Both facets of the position include interfacing with the science community and the general public. The ExEP Office works with NASA HQ to implement the Agency’s science vision for exoplanets with a portfolio of science analyses, technology development, mission concept development, and supporting ground-based observations.

See further details at: https://www.jpl.jobs/job/R979/NASA-Exoplanet-Exploration-Program-Postdoctoral-Research-Associate and https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/939df6b0 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and research plan. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to exep_postdoc_2021@jpl.nasa.gov by the application deadline of December 9, 2021.

Postdoctoral Position in Local ISM and/or Exoplanets at Wesleyan University
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in collaboration with Seth Redfield primarily on UV/optical/IR spectra of the interstellar medium and/or transiting exoplanets. Projects may include measuring and modeling the fundamental properties of the interstellar medium amongst the nearest stars and/or characterizing the atmospheres and circumplanetary environments of exoplanets. The data sources are high-resolution spectra from a variety of ground-based and space-based facilities, spanning the UV, optical, and IR. Experience with data reduction and analysis, high resolution spectroscopy, and observational studies of the ISM and/or exoplanets will be helpful. The precise research direction will be determined in collaboration with the Postdoctoral Research Associate. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be encouraged to interact with other faculty and to carry out independent research with full access to observational facilities available. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics at the start of the appointment. Applications received by 15 December 2021 will be given full consideration. For more information: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/7469

Tenure-track faculty position at Columbia University
The Department of Astronomy at Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in exoplanet research. The position is imagined to include any research area and methodology broadly related to exoplanets, including but not limited to, observational, theoretical, and laboratory studies of exoplanets, planet formation, sub-stellar objects and the signatures of life. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, sustain an active, independent research group, participate in committee and service work at the departmental and university levels, and exemplify academic and professional leadership. The position will begin July 1, 2022. All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the application components, especially on the anonymized text requirements, please visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/96746

Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science and Exoplanets at the University of California, Riverside
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in planetary science and exoplanets at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). The successful applicant will work in the Planetary Research Laboratory as a member of a group led by Dr. Stephen Kane. The primary research activities in this group cover a broad range of exoplanet, planetary science, and astrobiology topics, including exoplanet detection and characterization, Venus (both intrinsically and as an exoplanet analog), orbital dynamics, atmospheres and climate, and planetary habitability. The group is also a member of the DAVINCI+ mission, a mission selected by NASA to study the Venusian atmosphere. The Postdoctoral Scholar will primarily work on Venus science, Solar System exoplanet analogs, and climate simulations. Complete applications are due by December 17, 2021. For more information, please see: https://epsci.ucr.edu/sites/g/files/rcwecm4976/files/2021-10/job_advertisement_postdoc_kane.pdf

Planetary Astronomer at the Ring-Moon Systems Node of NASA’s Planetary Data System at the SETI Institute
The SETI Institute is seeking a Planetary Astronomer to support the work of the Ring-Moon Systems Node (RMS) of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS). The astronomer will focus primarily on expanding the coverage of OPUS, the flagship service of the RMS Node, which provides powerful and effective cross-mission, cross-target, faceted search based on accurate and consistent metadata and informative browse products. The astronomer will develop software pipelines that integrate additional data sets into OPUS, including those from Galileo, New Horizons, Juno, and the Hubble Space Telescope. The astronomer will also develop data processing pipelines to convert data sets currently archived with PDS into the more modern “PDS4” standard.

This challenging and rewarding role, which provides an important service to the planetary research community, requires both experience working with planetary data and skill at programming in Python, as well as familiarity with the SPICE toolkit. For more details: https://seti.org/jobs/planetary-astronomer

Multiple opportunities at the Institute for Space Research in Graz
The Space Research Institute (Graz) of the Austrian Academy of Science invites applications for a couple of posts. Most positions have a closing date of January 1, 2022, though check the deadline for each position to be sure.
— a postdoc (3+3 yrs) in protoplanetary disks research 
— a postdocs is space plasma physics
— a scientific coordinator
— a tenure-track research associate in exoplanet atmosphere modelling
More details can be found here: https://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/iwf/institute/working-with-us

Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Kansas
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a postdoctoral researcher position in observational or theoretical stellar astrophysics, working in the group of Professor Ian Crossfield. The successful candidate will contribute in several aspects of Prof. Crossfield’s ExoLab research program, in particular in the detailed characterization of stellar atmospheres. Depending on the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, this work will involve calculating model stellar spectra and stellar atmospheres, deriving physical parameters from observations, conducting and/or proposing for observations, and other work related to stellar spectra, stellar abundances, and/or Galactic chemical models. 

The job description is to conduct research in observational and/or theoretical stellar astrophysics as part of Prof. Crossfield’s ExoLab research program, in particular in the detailed characterization of stellar atmospheres. Depending on the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, this work will involve calculating model stellar spectra and stellar atmospheres, deriving physical parameters from observations, conducting and/or proposing for observations, and other work related to stellar spectra, stellar abundances, and/or Galactic chemical models. This also entails participation in relevant facets of the group’s research endeavors ranging from data analysis, software development, publication preparation, grant proposal preparation, editorial work, presentation of results, outreach and career development, and travel as required for work duties. Job duties are split 75% of the time on data analysis and research and 25% of the time on student mentoring, outreach, and broader impacts. Application review begins on February 15, 2022. For more information, please visit: http://employment.ku.edu/postdoctoral-researcher/20127br