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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted 05/07/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Posting Number req5179
Department Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Department Website Link
Location Main Campus
Address Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar & Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona has an opening for Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Planetary Volcanology. This is a year-to-year appointment contingent upon funding and performance

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • The successful applicant will work on activities related to Planetary Volcanism.
  • The priority activity will lead to the creation of a database detailing the characteristics of erupted products on the Moon to link erupted volumes and volatile release. This activity will combine literature-based search with Monte Carlo modeling and statistics.
  • Additional activities, depending on the applicant’s preferences, will relate related to terrestrial analogs to silicate volcanism on the Moon and Mars, as well as remote sensing investigations of volcanic terrains on Mars using ArcGIS-based analysis and modeling lava emplacement dynamics using Comsol Multiphysics.
  • Opportunities related to cryomagmas and cryovolcanism may be available in Year 2 and beyond.
  • The applicant will be expected to assist in the day-to-day supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students using or studying in the lab.
  • Other duties may be added as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced skills in Statistics and programming
  • Expertise in ArcGIS
  • Expertise in Finite Element Modeling (FEM), preferably Comsol Multiphysics
  • Expertise in machine learning and computer vision, including Matlab and OpenCV
  • Expertise in photogrammetry, lidar, a3D visualization and data analysis
  • Independently motivated. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Science, Geology, Planetary Science or a related field, received by the start date of the position
  • Experience in Statistics
  • Experience in Matlab, Python, or similar programming skill language
  • Experience in the geochemistry of magmas, ingenious rocks, and volatiles
Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay DOE
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 9/1/2021
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Christopher Hamilton
Open Date 5/6/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document
Special Instructions to Applicant For the additional document requested, please upload a sample of one peer-reviewed publication.
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we 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 an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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