Postdoctoral Research Associate in Astrobiology, University of Washington, Seattle

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate (job code 0148) in the Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, to work on numerical simulations and data analysis to understand the environment in which life originated on the early Earth and on other planets. The position will be supervised by Prof. David Catling.


The postdoctoral associate will work in collaboration with Prof. Catling and other scientists to study the evolution of environmental conditions on the early Earth. This research involves using a variety of biogeochemical data analyses, physical-chemical models, and Bayesian inverse models of the Earth System and atmosphere. Models to constrain environmental conditions during the origin of life and the spread of early life will also be considered in the context of Earth-like planets elsewhere.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Earth and Space Sciences, or an appropriately related field such as Astronomy, Planetary Sciences, or Geophysics. The candidate should have an aptitude for numerical modeling and have appropriate associated skills. A successful candidate will conduct research that will result in publication in the open literature and participation in national or international meetings. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to cooperate with researchers and students in the university’s cross-campus Astrobiology Program.

The initial 12-month full-time appointment is renewable for up to 3 years contingent on satisfactory progress. The initial salary is $60,000 per year. The start date is negotiable, but the position is available from February with a preference to fill the position as soon as possible within 2017. 

Applicants should please send (1) a CV, (2) a brief description of relevant research abilities and interests, and (3) contact information for three referees to Prof. David Catling (  Inquiries regarding this position should also be directed to Prof. David Catling. Review of applications will start Feb 17, 2017, and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants must provide proof of the PhD conferral and be within 6 years of receipt of the PhD.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Scott Dakins, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 206-685-2470, or

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.




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