Conduct research on molecular and isotopic fossils (biomarkers) preserved in ancient sedimentary rocks. Collaborate closely with MIT faculty, research staff, postdoctoral scholars and external collaborators. Contribute to the work of the NASA Astrobiology Institute Team at MIT in studies of the Foundations of Complex Life. Will be expected to contribute to the maintenance of a safe and supportive laboratory environment and to publish and present results at national and international venues.


Required: PhD in organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry or a related field and experience in maintaining and operating state-of-the-art instrumentation for the analysis of contemporary and fossil lipids preserved in sediments and sedimentary rocks. Experience in sample evaluation techniques (e.g. Rock-Eval), sample preparation and GCMS, LCMS and GC-IRMS techniques is absolutely essential. Applicants must also provide evidence of commitment to geoscientific enquiry at the highest level.


The position is offered for one year with the possibility of extension based on availability of funds.


Applications are being accepted at: Job#13964

Contact: Please contact the PI for this project, Professor Roger Summons ( for further information. MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin

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