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Astrobiology position

Bob McLean rm12 at swt.edu
Wed Nov 3 03:58:11 EST 1999

Message originally sent by Mark Ott to Bob McLean:
I received word from Carl Allen in Astrobiology that a position is opening
up for a microbiologist. The description is attached. For those who cannot
open the attachment, I have added the text below. He's looking for someone
with 0 to 5 years experience. The position would require extensive
interaction with chemists and geologists. It's a excellent opportunity for
someone with an interest in this field. If you know of someone, have them
get in touch with Carl for more details.
Microbiologist / Organic Geochemist to support the
Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Spacecraft are scheduled to return rocks and soil from the planet Mars
within the next decade. The study of these samples will be a major step in
the search for evidence of life beyond Earth. Mars sample return, as well
as future sampling missions to comets and asteroids, will require unique
laboratories and operations that protect both the samples and the
environment from contamination. Currently there exists no functioning
system that is capable of fulfilling all the requirements of planetary
protection while maintaining clean room conditions for the sample.
The NASA Johnson Space Center and its contractors are seeking a PhD level
microbiologist or organic geochemist, experienced in trace-level analysis.
Working experience in clean room or biosafety environments is highly
desirable. The successful applicant will join a team researching issues of
handling, preservation, and analysis of current and future extraterrestrial
samples. Opportunities exist for research in JSC's laboratories, and
collaboration with other investigators is strongly encouraged.
This is a full time position with a subcontractor to NASA at the Johnson
Space Center in Houston, TX. The salary and benefits package is competitive
and dependent on qualifications.
Please send your resume or CV to:
Dr. Carlton Allen
Principal Scientist
Lockheed Martin Space Operations
2400 NASA Road 1
Houston, TX 77058
carlton.c.allen1 at jsc.nasa.gov
R.J.C. (Bob) McLean, Ph.D.
Dept. Biology
Southwest Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Tx 78666
(512)245-3365 phone
(512)245-8713 FAX
Email: RM12 at swt.edu

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