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Research Scientist/Associate/Specialist

Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education Center - RPI
Troy, New York
$33,000-$75,000 per year + Benefits
Closing date
Nov 5, 2021

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The Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education Center (RARE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking applicants for one or more research staff positions.  Research staff are responsible for providing technical expertise to facilitate the design, implementation, and analysis of experimental and modeling efforts, the publication of results, and the oversight of lab personnel.  Rank of the research staff position will depend on post-degree experience. The Research Scientist is expected to lead independent and advanced research in one or more of RARE’s research areas and will be expected to possess recognition as an authority in fields relevant to RARE as evidenced in publication and scholarly dissemination. Research Associates/Specialists will be expected to oversee laboratory activities, including personnel training, instrument and facility maintenance, and day-to-day laboratory functions.

Candidates must have an earned advanced degree (i.e. Masters or PhD) or foreign equivalent in Astrobiology, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geochemistry, Physics, Geoinformatics, or a relevant field.  Candidates with specific expertise in experimental and analytical geochemistry, prebiotic chemistry, and/or related fields will be given first consideration.


Qualified applicants for any position must visit, and complete an on-line application, with cover letter, CV, and provide three (3) letters of recommendation. Candidates for the Research Scientist position should also include a research statement with their application materials. Please refer to RARE Research opportunities in the cover letter. Questions on positions or any other aspects should be directed to Maura Marsett (

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.

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