Postdoctoral Research Assistant At Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of London

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March 12, 2014

Microsoft PowerPoint - PROPAINT_PQC_E.ppt [Read-Only]Wanted: Postdoctoral Research Assistant At Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Full time and fixed term post for up to 30 months.

Purpose and Main Duties Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to characterise potential landing sites for the ESA ExoMars rover. The project will be based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London funded by a grant from the UK Space Agency.

The research will involve the use of remote sensing data to conduct detailed geological analyses of potential landing sites on Mars. Of particular importance is the development of testable hypotheses to aid potential future geological exploration of the landing site.

The successful candidate will be part of the Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, and located in the UCL/NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility. The successful candidate will work as part of the UK ExoMars landing site consortium, made up of Prof. Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London), Dr. John Bridges (University of Leicester), Dr. Matt Balme (Open University), Dr. Joe Michalski (Natural History Museum) and Dr. Peter Grindrod (Birkbeck, University of London). The postdoctoral researcher will be line-managed by Dr. Peter Grindrod.

Candidate Requirements

It is essential that you have a PhD or equivalent. You should have outstanding research ability and the ability to contribute to the choice of landing site for the ExoMars rover. A strong geological background is an advantage, in particular experience in sedimentology and mineralogy relevant to Mars. Applicants should also have experience in several of the following areas: Mars remote sensing data, GIS, digital terrain model generation, geological mapping theory and practice, visible/near-IR spectral studies.

Salary: £34,650 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

Closing date: Monday 31 March 2014 at midnight.

To apply for this post and for further information please visit: (Search using reference number 11206).

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Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religious belief, sexual preference and any other protected characteristic.


Additional Salary Information: inclusive of London allowance

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