Two Postdoctoral Fellowships are currently offered for research with faculty members of the McDonnell Center. The Robert M. Walker Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Space Sciences is a distinguished position honoring the founding director of the McDonnell Center. The second position is The Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences.
Patrick C. McGuire, the inaugural Robert M. Walker Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Experimental Space Sciences (2005-2008), is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago. He continues to serve as a Research Consultant to the CRISM team through the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, and is a Humboldt Research Fellow with a joint appointment at the Department of Planetary Science and Remote Sensing at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), also in Berlin.
His research focus is on modeling the formation and stability of methane gas hydrates underneath the sea floor, for climate studies. He also continues research efforts on CRISM and OMEGA hyperspectral remote sensing of Mars and on computer-vision and artificial-intelligence research for Mars exploration.