The Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education Center (RARE; http://rare.rpi.edu) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute welcomes applications for Postdoctoral Researchers. Applications will be considered as received (open deadline), and positions will be filled based on available funding.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will perform advanced research in one of RARE’s research areas. The incumbent is expected to develop and maintain scientific and technical expertise required to perform original research through self-direction and as part of a research team, and tailors research efforts to the needs of the supporting groups and research projects from academic institutions, industry and/or government.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological institute in the English-speaking world, is a private, research university in Troy, New York. Rensselaer is currently undergoing unprecedented growth in both faculty and research activities. Rensselaer employees are rewarded through a competitive compensation package, an exceptional benefits plan, professional growth and development, and a technologically advanced work environment.
We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in a relevant field. Candidates with specific expertise in experimental prebiotic chemistry and/or early Earth geochemistry will be given first consideration.
The Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education Center (RARE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students broadly studying life in the universe.
The mission of the RARE Center is to advance the field of astrobiology by catalyzing innovative and interdisciplinary research through novel training and educational programs, and by modeling serving as a platform to evolve a multidisciplinary collection of research programs into a truly interdisciplinary and interactive collaborative network. The RARE Center brings together researchers from across RPI, along with national and international colleagues and partners, who are broadly interested in the field of Astrobiology. Spanning research topics that include the origin and composition of organic compounds in space; the emergence of life on Earth; the extent of life in Earth’s extreme ecosystems; and the potential for life elsewhere in the solar systems, the RARE Center research program is a vibrant community on the cutting edge of Astrobiology.
The RARE Center hosts a number of RPI faculty, research staff, postdocto...ral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students working across several ongoing and upcoming research projects. The laboratory facilities within RARE offer a unique opportunity to replicate early Earth environments, and to test the limitations of high pressure microbial growth and survival. We are also expanding the field of Astrobiology through our undergraduate minor in Astrobiology, and are always looking forward to having interested students and scientists join our team!