Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity with NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers U.S. and international scientists the
opportunity to conduct important research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals.
Applications are now being accepted for postdoctoral fellows to engage in research with
NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) advisors.
NExSS is a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary
habitability. The goals of NExSS are to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to
learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life
(https://nexss.info/). NExSS investigators also strive to put planets into an architectural
context - as solar systems built over the eons through dynamical processes and sculpted
by stars. Based on our understanding of our own solar system and habitable planet
Earth, researchers in the network aim to identify where habitable niches are most likely
to occur and which planets are most likely to be habitable. Leveraging current NASA
investments in research and missions, NExSS will accelerate the discovery and
characterization of other potentially life-bearing worlds in the galaxy, using a systems
The NASA Postdoctoral Program application deadline is July 1, 2016. To encourage
greater collaboration across the disciplines represented by the NExSS teams, applicants
to this research opportunity are required to identify a project that will contribute to two
teams. Specifically, the applicant must identify a primary and a secondary advisor – one
from each of the two NExSS groups. Please see NExSS NPP for more information
The NPP provides a generous stipend (with allowances for locality and seniority),
support for scientific travel, relocation assistance if eligible, and subsidized health
insurance. Research opportunities are available in Earth science, planetary science,
heliophysics, astrophysics, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and
operations, space bioscience, and astrobiology. Appointments are renewable for up to
In the larger program there are three application deadlines per year: March 1, July 1,
and November 1, however this NExSS opportunity is limited to July 1.
You can learn more about the NASA Postdoctoral Program at http://npp.usra.edu. To
apply, please register at https://npp.usra.edu/applicant_connect/
Universities Space Research Association administers the NASA Postdoctoral Program
under contract to NASA.