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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics - 46568 in St. Louis, Missouri

Department Name/Job Location

This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics.

Essential Functions


Collaborating with the Principal Investigator to develop and conduct research projects on space weathering. Tasks include experiment design, data collection, data analysis, communication of experiment results, and data archiving.


  1. Following instructions and discussions with principal investigator; assist with building experimental set up, design research protocols, develop procedures for the collection, verification, and management of data.
  2. Write conference abstracts and present science results. Prepare and submit peer-reviewed manuscripts on research results/finding. Submit regular progress reports based on research work to PI and present progress Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) peers.
  3. Develop hypotheses to be tested related to space weathering and ways if testing it. Acquire, assemble, and perform analyses of data and interpret results. Manage research project with other SSERVI institutions and investigators.
  4. Solve practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or instruments. Suggest technical or procedural improvements in testing methods. Comply with established safety procedures and maintaining required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
  5. Archive data acquired/assembled during research task.
  6. Conduct literature searches and background reading related to research project.
  7. Assist with grant preparation and reporting. May submit grant proposals in rare circumstances with the approval of the PI, Department Head and Dean.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

PhD. in related planetary science field (physics, chemistry, geology).

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD. in related planetary science field with at least 1 year of research experience and lab operations.
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret multiple forms of data (e.g., spectral, chemical, electron probe).
  • Computer literacy including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data and programming.
  • Ability to communicate in oral and written form in a clear, concise manner.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of standard laboratory policies, procedures, and equipment.
  • Must be able to work well independently or as a team member. and to communicate data.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Physics - 46568

Job ID: 46568

Location: School of Arts & Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular