Stable Isotope Geochemistry


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Max Coleman <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 24 Feb 2004 11:56:28 -0800
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The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral
Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites
applicants to apply for postdoctoral research positions at JPL in the
Astrobiology Research Element of the Earth and Space Sciences

        The research will use a number of approaches but will focus
on stable isotope analysis of minerals as biosignatures. The work
will involve making comparisons of isotopic distributions of carbon
and sulfur (initially) in geological materials using micro-sampling,
laser sampling and other less conventional approaches. The project is
aimed at defining methods that might be applied to future planetary
exploration missions. The selected candidate will be guided by the
JPL adviser to ensure that the research work will result in
publication in the open literature.

        Candidates should have a Ph.D. in geochemistry, astrobiology,
geobiology, geology, chemistry or environmental science (or other
sciences) with a strong background in stable isotope analysis. The
appointment is contingent upon evidence of completion of a Ph.D.
        The annual starting salary for a recent Ph.D. is
approximately US$48,500 and can vary somewhat according to the
applicant's qualifications.
        Postdoctoral scholars positions are awarded for a 1-year
period. Appointments may be renewed in 1-year increments for a
maximum addition of 2 years. The appointment is expected to begin in
the summer of 2004.
        Please send a letter describing your research interests, a
curriculum vitae, and a list of three references (with telephone
numbers and postal and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Max Coleman, Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, MS 183-326, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA
91109-8099 USA; or preferably, E-mail: [log in to unmask]
        Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity/affirmative action
employers. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are
encouraged to apply.