The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a Research Scientist position to join the Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds Group within the Planetary Science Section. In this position, you will do the following:
Lead development of instrumentation and/or mission concepts to explore the subsurface of Mars and other habitable environments.
Write proposals for advancing research and instrument/mission development in the areas of planetary habitability, subsurface exploration, hydrology, energetics, thermodynamics, geodynamics and astrobiology.
This position requires the following qualifications:
Ph.D. degree in Earth or Planetary Sciences or related scientific or technical discipline.
Demonstrated working knowledge at the forefront in the fields of planetary habitability, geophysics, geodynamics, aqueous geochemistry, modeling and biology/astrobiology, including but not limited to the Mars subsurface.
At least 5 years experience following the Ph.D. in research in one or more of the aforementioned fields.
Peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals in the aforementioned fields.
Well-established record in obtaining funding as PI for scientific research and/or mission/instrument development.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to both work as part of a team and lead a team.
The following qualifications are preferred:
Experience in design/development/operation of missions, technology or instruments flown to space (preferably as PI or other leadership role).
Experience with mission concept development (preferably in a leadership role).
A track record of leadership in the scientific community, such as a history of: (i) organization of workshops, conference sessions and academic courses; (ii) invited talks and keynote lectures; (iii) fellowships and awards; and (iv) participation in panels and reviews for publications and proposals.
A record of teaching and/or mentoring the next generation of planetary scientists.
Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in planetary science research, a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for at least three professional references.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of the California Institute of Technology, and a leading research and development center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). JPL has a wide-ranging charter for robotic space exploration, Earth observation, astrophysical research, and technology development. JPL also manages and operates NASA’s Deep Space Network, a worldwide system of antennas that communicate with spacecraft and conduct radar and radio astronomy studies. JPL is based in Pasadena, CA, and employs approximately 5,000 Scientists, Engineers, and support personnel.