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Faculty Positions in the School of Earth and Space Exploration

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Faculty Positions with the Cosmology Initiative (SESE/Physics)

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School of Earth and Space Exploration Postdoctoral Fellow

Program overview

The mission of the Exploration Fellowships is to foster a leading, interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career scientists. Research areas within the School encompass theoretical and observational astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences, exploration systems engineering, astronomical instrumentation, and science education. Applicants whose dissertation research was in any of these research areas, and especially those with aspirations to extend their portfolios in an interdisciplinary way, are encouraged to apply.

The Exploration Fellowship program typically appoints up to two new Fellows per year for three-year fellowship durations. Fellows are selected through a competitive proposal process in the fall. Watch the website for information about future fellowship opportunities.

All current Exploration Fellows receive:

  • Competitive annual stipend, health benefits, and support programs (postdoc resources and  guidelines at ASU)
  • Discretionary research funds
  • Personal career mentoring through association with two primary faculty mentors in the School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Independence in research direction and activities

Read about former and current Exploration Fellows and their research interests.


Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Observational Astrophysics and Computational Science

School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)

Arizona State University

The radio astronomy group at ASU invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar to conduct research on efficient, scalable signal processing for large interferometer arrays and fast transient detection.  The position includes an annual stipend of $63,000, full-time, fiscal year, with benefits. A relocation allowance will be provided. 

A pathfinder of a novel aperture-plane FFT correlator, called EPIC, is currently deployed on the Long Wavelength Array (LWA) station in Sevilleta, New Mexico.  The system uses the GPU-accelerated Bifrost framework (C++/CUDA/Python) and images the entire visible sky every 40 microseconds.  The successful applicant will upgrade the pathfinder to an operational system by optimizing the algorithm and implementation and deploying a real-time transient detection backend.  They will assist with the installation and commissioning of new hardware nodes at the LWA stations in New Mexico and at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory LWA station in California.  The operational system will provide unique opportunities for the study of fast radio burst (FRB) progenitors through low-frequency searches, as well as through simultaneous and follow-up observations of detections by other telescopes, including CHIME, DSA, and Realfast.  The system will provide additional opportunities for astronomical and atmospheric research.

Essential duties of the position: The successful applicant will develop software, plan and analyze astronomical observations, conduct original research, document results, write journal articles, and present at scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: (1) Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment, but no earlier than five years before the start date, (2) demonstrated record of research accomplishment in a related field.

Desired Qualifications: (1) Relevant experience in radio instrumentation and observations, signal processing, statistical data analysis, and/or software development, (2) a record of prior achievement and experience that shows the applicant’s potential to accomplish research and/or development objectives, (3) evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills, (4) evidence of ability to work well independently and in team settings.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point of astrophysics at Arizona State University, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States.  An essential part of SESE's mission is to make new discoveries by promoting interdisciplinary science and by integrating science and engineering. SESE faculty and their research groups benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities including high performance computing, access to the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5m MMT telescope, 6.5m Magellan telescopes and a host of 2m-class telescopes owned and operated by the State of Arizona. ASU is a founding member in the Giant Magellan Telescope and a partner in the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), the Long Wavelength Array Swarm, and the Owens Valley Radio Observatory Long Wavelength Array (OVRO-LWA).  ASU is participating in the CMB-S4 consortium and is a member of the Simons Observatory (SO), the Toltec project, and several astrophysics sub-orbital class programs.

To apply, please submit to http://apply.interfolio.com/96588  to include the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a research statement not longer than five pages including figures and references; 3) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU's commitment to inclusive excellence, 4) a current CV; and 5) the names and contact details of three references.  

Deadline for initial review of complete applications will be December 13, 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

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Graduate Student Research Opportunities

Many of our faculty offer research opportunities for graduate student research (MS, PhD); below are just a few specific opportunities. We encourage you to visit our Research page and contact individual faculty members for opportunities.


The ASU Astrobiology Team invites exceptional students to join us in the search for habitable environments and life beyond Earth. Our research program, centered on the theme "Follow the Elements", aims to develop strategies that will be used in future exploration of our Solar System and of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. This program integrates multiple disciplines, degree programs and academic units at ASU and offers opportunities for direct student involvement with NASA missions. Contact: Please visit the ASU Astrobiology Web site or send an email.


Two M.S./Ph.D. assistantships in hydrology/water resources are available starting in the Spring or Fall 2010. The assistantships can be either in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment or the School of Earth and Space Exploration. The two projects will focus on: (1) Ecohydrology of grassland-shrubland transitions to identify controls of hydrologic connectivity at multiple scales; and (2) Seasonality effects on the ecohydrology of the North American monsoon region at the catchment to regional scale. Each assistantship will require data collection, numerical modeling and data synthesis efforts in field sites in Arizona, New Mexico or Sonora, Mexico. Preference will be given to highly-motivated Ph.D. students with strong quantitative skills. For inquiries, contact Prof. Enrique R. Vivoni at vivoni@asu.edu.

NASA Space Grant

The ASU/NASA Space Grant Program awards at least 1.5 graduate fellowships for an academic year or three fellowships for a semester (fall or spring) for a proposed public outreach or informal education project focused on promoting science literacy, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This can be accomplished through educational outreach, knowledge transfer, technology transfer, science for society, and/or the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Successful candidates will identify an "educational outreach advisor" from the organization or institution (i.e., a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) they have proposed to work with. It is recommended but not a requirement that the project benefit those traditionally underrepresented. The formal or informal education proposal can be closely related with area of research, but research is not the primary focus of the fellowship. Since fellowships are very limited, projects are usually awarded for one semester. However, applications should include plans for how the project could be sustained past the time of the award. 

Graduate Fellowship applications are available each spring for the following academic year with a mid-April due date. Fellowships include a stipend of $9,100 per semester for a Master’s student or $9,600 for a PhD student, tuition (both in- and out-of-state), and health insurance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students at ASU. For more information, please refer to https://nasa.asu.edu/content/graduate-information. You can also be notified when applications are available by signing up for email notification at https://nasa.asu.edu/application-notification-list.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

School of Earth and Space Exploration offers undergraduate students opportunities to participate in various research projects under the guidance of faculty and researchers. Some current opportunities are listed below.

NASA Space Grant

The ASU/NASA Space Grant Program awards approximately 20-30 undergraduate students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for the academic year. Awardees are paid stipends with a value of $1,600 per semester. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students at ASU, sophomore or higher. Undergraduate Fellows work on a research project alongside upper-level graduate students, diverse faculty members, as well as scientists and engineers. Space Grant supports undergraduates by giving them opportunities to earn money while gaining valuable experience participating in research projects and educational outreach activities. Applications from women and underrepresented groups are also encouraged.

In addition their project, Space Grant undergraduate awardees are required to:

  • Complete 20 hours of (unpaid) Informal Education
  • Participate in the annual ASU/NASA Space Grant poster session
  • Present at the Arizona Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Fellowship applications are available each spring for the following academic year with a mid-May due date. Students are highly encouraged to have a faculty mentor selected prior to submitting an application. For those students without a faculty mentor, we have suggestions about how to find one on our Space Grant site. Please refer to https://nasa.asu.edu/content/undergraduate-information for more information. If you would like to be notified when the next round of applications opens, sign up here: https://nasa.asu.edu/application-notification-list.

Hydrologic Science and Engineering

Our research group is seeking undergraduates to assist in the development and execution of several research projects in hydrologic science and engineering. Funding for these positions comes from the Army Research Office, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Please click here for details on the three positions available or visit http://vivoni.asu.edu/undergraduateopportunities.html.

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Undergraduate Student Perspective

Leon Manfredi

Research summary and role: The Circum-Hellas Volcanic Province (CHVP) on Mars is thought to be the oldest example of point source volcanism on the planet. Using daytime-infrared images acquired by the THEMIS camera on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, mosaics were constructed of several regions surrounding the CHVP that appear to be volcanic in origin. Crater counts were then performed on these surfaces to determine if they are temporally related to known volcanism in the CHVP. Cratering model formation ages for these surfaces, 3.4-3.8 Ga, are similar to those of the volcanoes within the CHVP, 3.6-3.8 Ga. This research is significant because determining the age and extent of the CHVP may provide clues as to when and why there was a transition from fissure eruptions to point source volcanism.