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Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics.
Collaborating with the Principal Investigator Jeffrey Gillis-Davis (Physics) and co-investigators Bradley L. Jolliff and Alian Wang (EPS) to develop and conduct research projects on space weathering. Tasks include experiment design, conduct space weathering simulation experiments, data collection, data analysis, communication of experiment results, and data archiving.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop hypotheses to be tested related to space weathering and devise ways of testing these hypotheses.� Acquire, assemble, and perform analyses of data and interpret results. Analysis of experiment products using a range of analysis methods including SEM, TEM, EPMA, laser Raman spectroscopy, and UV-VIS-IR spectroscopy. Manage research projects in collaboration with other SSERVI institutions and investigators.
Work with principal investigator and co-investigators to assist with building experimental set ups, design of research protocols, conducting research, and developing procedures for the collection, verification, and management of data.
Write conference abstracts and present science results.� Prepare and submit peer-reviewed manuscripts on research results/finding.� Submit regular progress reports based on research work to PI and present progress Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) peers.
Solve practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or instruments. Suggest technical or procedural improvements in testing methods. Comply with established safety procedures and maintaining required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
Archive data acquired/assembled during research task.
Conduct literature searches and background reading related to research project.
Assist with grant preparation and reporting. May submit grant proposals as Science-PI with the approval of the PI.
Perform other duties as assigned.
PhD. in related planetary science field (physics, chemistry, geology).
PhD. in related planetary science field with at least one year of research experience and lab operations.
Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Ability to analyze and interpret multiple forms of data (e.g., spectral, chemical, electron probe).
Computer literacy including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data and programming.
Ability to communicate in oral and written form in a clear, concise manner.
Demonstrated working knowledge of standard laboratory policies, procedures, and equipment.
Must be able to work well independently or as a team member and to communicate data.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
May work in laboratory environment with potential exposure to chemical and laser hazards.
Must be physically able to wear protective equipment as needed.
Ability to travel to on and off campus locations.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
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