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Shoemaker Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Opening

The U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, has a two-year full-time research position now open. The position is at the GS-12 grade level (comparable to a post-doctoral researcher in academia). Funded by the NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics (PGG) Program, this position is generally known as the NASA 'Shoemaker Fellow' at USGS in honor of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker. The selected Fellow will work at the Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff on a variety of research projects in planetary science. The position is managed and supervised by the Astrogeology Science Center. The application opportunity will be open from 7/29/10 to 8/18/10.

Mission Statement: The USGS Astrogeology Science Center serves the Nation, the international planetary science community, and the general public's pursuit of new knowledge of our Solar System by:

  • Conducting innovative, fundamental research that advances the fields of planetary cartography, geoscience, and remote sensing
  • Developing state-of-the-art software and techniques for the scientific and cartographic analysis of planetary remote sensing data
  • Participating in the collaborative planning and operation of space exploration missions
  • Producing accurate cartographic products, recognized internationally as benchmarks
  • Establishing data archive and mapping standards that foster international consistency
  • Archiving and distributing data and products for efficient access through modern technology

Vision Statement: The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is a national resource for the integration of planetary geoscience, cartography, and remote sensing. As explorers and surveyors, with a unique heritage of proven expertise and international leadership, we enable the ongoing successful investigation of the Solar System for humankind.


Please see our website for more information on the scope and breadth of our research program. More information about the Astrogeology Science Center and living and working in Flagstaff, AZ.

To learn more or to apply, go to USAJOBS and view Vacancy Announcement Number WR-2010-0471 for a position as Geologist, Geophysicist, or Physical Scientist. Applicants must apply online by the closing date of the announcement (midnight Eastern Time on 8/18/2010). If you are already an existing registered user you do not need to create a new account in USAJOBS. If however, this is your first time using USAJOBS please visit USAJOBS First Timers for tutorials and additional information for creating a user account on USAJOBS and applying for Federal employment. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.