The lunar community is seeking qualified applicants for positions in the UK and California.

Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
Lab Section Lecturer
Temporary Position

Foothill College has an opening to teach a 3 hour evening lab section for the fall quarter (with the possibility of continuing in future quarters). The lab is offered Tuesday AND Thursday evenings from 8:30 to 9:50 pm and enrolls between 25 and 35 students. The lab is an independent course, but it’s being offered during the quarter that the lecture courses on campus deal with stars, galaxies, and cosmology.

Students in the evening range in age from 17 to 70. Our astronomy courses are nonmathematical and aimed at non-science majors.

The lab class goes from Tuesday Sept. 23 through Thursday Dec. 4th,, 2014.

Instructors must have at least a master’s degree in astronomy or a related field. Candidates should have previous teaching experience at the community college level and experience teaching an astronomy lab. Salary will depend on educational level and previous teaching experience.

If you are interested, please e-mail Andrew Fraknoi with a resume and a brief cover letter describing your astronomy teaching experience and lab teaching style as soon as possible.

Open University – Department of Physical Sciences
Lunar Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Faculty of Science
Location: Milton Keynes, UK
Temporary contract for 24 months

This Open University-funded project will involve performing studies of lunar volatiles and evaluating their resource potential in the context of future in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU) applications on the Moon. The bulk of the project will involve laboratory-based investigations of lunar samples and analogue materials.

You must be an experienced researcher familiar with operation and application of micro-beam analytical instruments and techniques including SEM, EPMA, NanoSIMS. You will work across disciplines combining scientific knowledge derived from lunar sample studies to inform and plan a series of experiments to test various lunar ISRU applications.

You will have the opportunity to work with other members of the lunar research team and learn about other on-going research in the Planetary and Space Sciences at the OU.

You will lead the laboratory analytical campaign and will engage fully in developing new measurement protocols as necessary. The project will involve multi-national collaborations with overseas visits, and you will be expected to publish your research findings in high-profile peer-reviewed journals and give presentations at various meetings and conferences, as appropriate.

You must have a PhD in planetary science, earth science or a closely related field with experience in laboratory research involving volatiles (e.g. H, C, N, etc.) and experience in running and using SEM, EPMA and an ion probe. You will be able to communicate research results effectively and be experienced in co-ordinating and co-organising meetings and conferences.

For more information or to apply for this position, visit: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJC432/lunar-post-doctoral-research-associate/

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