Postdoctoral Research Associate in Planetary Geoscience

Space weathering of airless worlds

About this role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to join our ambitious Planetary Science research group in the School of Geographical and Earth Science at the University of Glasgow. This is one of two PDRA positions we are advertising as part of our Science Technology and Facilities Council funded project: 'The Cosmic Carbon Observatory'. The PDRA will carry out a cutting-edge research project entitled 'Solar-wind: a Nano-scale Origin of Water? (SNOW)'.

What you will do:

  • Determine the nanoscale effects of space weathering and the potential for solar wind driven water production on rocky airless worlds such as the Moon, and asteroids
  • Apply an advanced correlative microscopic approach, including the novel atom probe tomography technique, to explore the effect of space weathering on precious mineral grains returned to Earth by exciting sample return missions i.e. NASA's Apollo program and JAXA's Hayabusa, and Hayabusa2 space probes.
  • Produce a Solar System wide resource map of water produced by space weathering based on experimental results
  • Collaborate with staff and students in the growing planetary science research group at the University of Glasgow
  • Travel to and collaborate with international academic institutions in the UK and Australia and industry partners in the UK and the USA
  • Present results to the scientific community and general public through conferences, peer reviewed publications and press releases

Required skills:

  • Applicants should have a PhD in planetary science or a related field and be able to demonstrate scientific independence and initiative
  • Excellent communication skills and experience presenting research at international conferences and to the public
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work well in a team
  • Experience using high-resolution electron microscopy (SEM/TKD/TEM) or atom probe techniques and/or working with the output data
  • Demonstrable scientific writing ability e.g. conference abstracts/peer reviewed publications

Additional information

This is a fixed term position and is funded for three years in the first instance.

Full details, as well as information on how to apply can be found at:

The vacancy reference is 078370.

Information about the school and our research can be found at: The University of Glasgow and School of Geographical and Earth Sciences are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. It is recognized that candidates will come from a range of backgrounds with differential opportunities, and this will be considered in the selection process. The school holds an Athena-SWAN sliver award.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Luke Daly (

The closing date for applications is 3 March 2022.

published: 01 February 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.