Post-Doctoral Researcher position in the Space and Planetary Science Center at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi

We are seeking a highly motivated Post-doctoral Fellow to work on a topic of their choice related to planetary science. A wide array of expertise is acceptable including but not limited to 1) planetary atmospheres, 2) geologic and geomorphologic mapping and investigations, 3) remote sensing and remote compositional analysis, 4) Aqueous geochemistry and mineralogy, 5) landscape evolution modeling, and 6) Plasma dynamics. For atmosphere-focused candidates, concentration on molecular physics/spectroscopy for astrophysical applications is highly desirable, but not a requirement. Expertise in numerical modeling is also acceptable. The researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment at the Space and Planetary Science Center ( and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

The duration of this position is 12 months with possibility of extension depending on performance level and availability of funding.

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 candidate would be associated with thed 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's members have privileged data access to a number of space missions and instruments including HiRISE on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and CaSSIS on board the European Space Agency (ESA)'s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, and Emirates Mars "Hope" Mission, as well as involvement in future missions including the UAE's upcoming mission to the Asteroid Belt, and ESA's Comet Interceptor mission.

General requirements: PhD in planetary science or any related field. Current involvement in space missions is highly desirable but not essential.

Applicants should submit a complete application package by 15 May, 2023 to Dr. Mohamed Ramy El-Maarry ( in a single pdf file that includes curriculum vitae, publication list, research statement, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. Any applications not adhering to this format are unlikely to be considered.

The successful applicant should be available from 1 July, 2023. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Employee Benefits

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

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