Postdoctoral Position at NASA Ames Research Center (U.S. Citizens ONLY) 

An opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA Ames Research
Center in the development of spectroscopy instrumentation for spaceflight
missions.  The project is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is
co-managed by the Space Science Division and the Small Spacecraft Division 

The position is for 2 years (one year renewable) and will be based in the
Astrophysics and Astrochemistry Laboratory of the Space Science Division.
Candidates with a strong background in physics and/or chemistry who are 
motivated to work on spectroscopy instrumentation for spaceflight
missions are invited to apply.

Experience with laboratory instrumentation and its development is required.
Experience with UV-visible spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, and/or fiber optics
is preferred.  Experience with instrument miniaturization is a plus.

The research project involves the development and laboratory testing of a
high-resolution, low-noise, miniature UV/visible spectrometer with fiber
interface for in-situ measurements in future small-satellite missions and
lunar exposure facilities.  The goal is to study in situ the effects of the space
environment on organic compounds found throughout the universe.
This project also is expected to involve interactions with one or more spaceflight
missions using small satellites to conduct science studies of organic materials 
using similar spectroscopy instrumentation.

The position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until a
suitable candidate is found.  Applications for this project are restricted to
US citizens.

Send applications to:

Dr. Farid Salama
NASA-Ames Research Center
Space Science Division
Mail Stop: 245-6
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000

Office Tel.: (650) 604-3384
Lab Tel: (650) 604-4217 and (650) 604-5166
Fax (650) 604-6779

For inquiries and information on the project, please contact:

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund (PI, NAI) at 202-492-3632,
Dr. Farid Salama (Space Science Division) at 650-604-3384,
Dr. Antonio Ricco (Small Spacecraft Division) at 408-460-5666,