Postdoctoral Researcher, Martian Meteorites, Natural History Museum

  • 31st August 2018
  • London
  • Full time
  • Paid (£30k-40k)
  • museums, Other, Science
  • Jan Manthey


The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

This is an opportunity to take up a research post in world-renowned institution with a unique scientific mission and public profile.

The successful applicant will join a large science group that comprises a group of approximately 300 scientists, that houses some of the largest and most significant scientific collections in the world, that is home to an internationally important natural history library, that includes a suite of advanced analytical and imaging facilities, and that has the opportunity to communicate science to a huge national and international audience.

Applications are open to researchers in the field of planetary sciences and meteoritics, or a related field. The successful applicant will work on a project with the goal of helping to refine the source location of martian meteorites using geochemical methods.

Areas of particular interest include (but are not restricted to):

- Mars science, including use of orbital or rover data

- Hyperspectral data processing and analysis

- Spectral unmixing techniques

- Mineralogy and geochemistry of martian meteorites

- Machine learning

Appointees will join the Division of Mineral and Planetary Sciences that sits in the Department of Earth Sciences. The appointee will report to Dr Peter Grindrod, Research Leader at the NHM, and will be part of a group involved in the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and 2020 Rover missions.

Salary: £34,958 per annum plus benefits

Contract: Fixed term, 12 months

Closing date: 9am on Friday 31 August 2018

For a full job description and to submit an application, please visit the Natural History Museum website.