Post doc positions in the new Space and Planetary Science Center at Khalifa Uni-versity, Abu Dhabi

Khalifa University of Science and Technology

The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University of Science and Technology is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE's knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world. Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders.

About the center

The selected candidates would be associated with the newly formed Space and Planetary Science Center (SPSC) at Khalifa University. The center was formed in July 2021, and focuses on the analysis of data from current space missions, as well as the development of future ones. The center has privileged data access to a number of space missions and instruments including HiRISE on board NASA's Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter, CaSSIS on board the European Space Agency (ESA)'s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, and NASA's New Horizons mission, as well as involvement in future missions including the Emirates Lunar Mission, ESA's ExoMars rover, and ESA's Comet Interceptor mission.

The center invites applications for post-doc positions in the following disciplines:

  • Mars research (two positions)
  • Lunar research
  • Small bodies
  • Modeling of planetary processes

There are 5 positions to be filled. The duration of these positions is 2 years with possibility of extension depending on performance level and availability of funding.

General requirements: Minimum Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Physics, or closely related field. Current and continued involvement in space missions is highly desirable, but not mandatory.

Specific requirements per post-doc position:

Mars research: A wide array of expertise is acceptable including but not limited to 1) geologic and geomorphologic mapping and investigations, 2) remote sensing and remote compositional analysis, 3) Aqueous geochemistry and mineralogy, and 4) landscape evolution modeling, 5) Exobiology, and 6) organic chemistry or biogeochemistry

Lunar research: A wide array of expertise is acceptable including but not limited to 1) geologic and geomorphologic mapping and investigations, 2) remote sensing and remote compositional analysis, 3) thermophysical modeling of relevance to airless bodies, 4) regolith production and evolution on the moon, and 5) volatile stability on the surface of the Moon.

Small bodies: A wide array of expertise is acceptable including but not limited to 1) physical pro-cesses on small bodies, 2) solar system formation models and dynamical evolution of small bodies, 3) thermophysical modeling of relevance to small airless bodies, 4) regolith production and evolution on small bodies, and 5) sublimations and related activity on comets.

Modeling of planetary processes: The successful candidate must have experience in the theoretical modeling and/or the computational simulation of plasma fluids, ideally in relation with space observations. Experience in both of these areas will be an asset. Experience must be evidenced by publications in international journals with evidence of impact in their field (e.g. manifested in citations) and by recognition in the research field's research community (e.g. reflected in positive references).

Applicants should submit a complete application package by email to Dr. Mohamed Ramy El-Maarry (mohamed.elmaarry@ku.ac.ae) in a single pdf file that includes curriculum vitae, publication list, research statement, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. Applicant should indicate which positions they are applying in their cover letter. Any applications not adhering to this format are unlikely to be considered.

Successful applicants should be available to take up the posts in January 2022. Review of applications is underway and the calls are open until the positions have been filled. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Employee Benefits

Khalifa University offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the suc-cessful candidate's background and experience.

posted: 19 August 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.