Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity with NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers U.S. and international scientists the opportunity to conduct important research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals. Applications are now being accepted for postdoctoral fellows to engage in research with NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) advisors.
NExSS is a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary habitability. The goals of NExSS are to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life (https://nexss.info/). NExSS investigators also strive to put planets into an architectural context – as solar systems built over the eons through dynamical processes and sculpted by stars. Based on our understanding of our own Solar System and habitable planet Earth, researchers in the network aim to identify where habitable niches are most likely to occur and which planets are most likely to be habitable. Leveraging current NASA investments in research and missions, NExSS will accelerate the discovery and characterization of other potentially life-bearing worlds in the galaxy, using a systems science approach.
The NASA Postdoctoral Program application deadline is July 1, 2016. To encourage greater collaboration across the disciplines represented by the NExSS teams, applicants to this research opportunity are required to identify a project that will contribute to two teams. Specifically, the applicant must identify a primary and a secondary advisor – one from each of the two NExSS groups. Please see NExSS NPP for more information
The NPP provides a generous stipend (with allowances for locality and seniority), support for scientific travel, relocation assistance if eligible, and subsidized health insurance. Research opportunities are available in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and operations, space bioscience, and astrobiology. Appointments are renewable for up to three years.
In the larger program there are three application deadlines per year: March 1, July 1, and November 1; however this NExSS opportunity is limited to July 1.
Universities Space Research Association administers the NASA Postdoctoral Program under contract to NASA.
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