Postdoctoral position in Earth and planetary surface processes
University of Virginia, Virginia, United States
Start reviewing process: 1 February 2023

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will lead original research in the field of Earth and planetary surface processes under the supervision of Dr. Ajay B. Limaye. Potential research topics include but are not limited to landscape evolution modeling, linking turbulent flow in rivers to landscape dynamics, and interpreting remote sensing datasets for Mars and Titan.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in geoscience, planetary science, or a related discipline is required by the appointment start date. The candidate must have effective interpersonal skills and facility with scientific writing and programming-based data analysis (e.g., using MATLAB or Python). Ideal preparation for the position includes ability to work independently, experience managing undergraduate researchers, and familiarity with geospatial datasets. The successful candidate will be expected to analyze and manage data; disseminate research findings through journal publications and conference presentations; co-develop proposals for external funding; and contribute collegially to the research group and an interdisciplinary department. Dr. Limaye will work with the successful candidate to create an individual development plan to work toward career objectives and leverage resources for professional development within the University.

TO APPLY: Apply online at by attaching the following: (1) a cover letter that describes scientific training, future professional interests, experience working collaboratively, and experience fostering a diverse and inclusive scholarly environment. (2) a curriculum vitae. (3) one publication representative of previous work. (4) contact information for three references. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the Box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date in June 2023. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment, with the potential for renewal for one additional year given satisfactory performance and available funding.

Please direct questions regarding this position to Ajay B. Limaye at

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

This position is eligible for health insurance through the UVA Health Plan. For more information on the benefits, see the websites for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs ( and University Human Resources (

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