Planetary Astronomer/Computer Scientist

Department: Space Science Division
City: San Antonio
State/Province: TX
Country: USA
Contact Person: Kurt Retherford
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Application Due Date: Wednesday, February 01 2023
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Come help our team complete tasks on several planetary mission and/or space telescope spectroscopy programs. We intend to expand our team expertise in scientific computing, programming, and data analysis capabilities. The applicant will participate in NASA funded planetary research and analysis projects and/or observing programs; projects include Europa Clipper, JUICE, Juno, LRO, New Horizons, Cassini, HST, JWST, laboratory Raman/far-UV/mid-IR ices, and ground-based observations. See Job ID 15-01679.

Tenure-Track Planetary Science Faculty Position at Hampton University

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Department: Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
City: Hampton
State/Province: Virginia
Country: United States
Contact Person: Robert Loughman
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Hampton University
Application Due Date: Monday, May 15 2023
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Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science Faculty Position



The Hampton University (HU) Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Science, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2023.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. HU established the Center for Atmospheric Science (CAS) in 1996, which led to creation of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in 2007.  APS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Atmospheric Science and Planetary Science. This program has established a reputation of excellence in education, outreach and research, with particular emphasis on satellite applications for atmospheric studies.

Duties and Responsibilities


The successful candidate will continue and advance the groundbreaking work of CAS and APS. This work includes building a portfolio of externally funded, high-profile research in the field of atmospheric science and recruiting, supporting, and advising masters and doctoral students. The successful candidates will also teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Objectives of the APS department include continuation of research excellence at HU in atmospheric and planetary science, expanded capacity for research, and growth in enrollment in the graduate program.


A Ph.D. in Planetary Science or a related field is required.  The successful applicant will sustain existing programs and enable future strategic growth of the department in the following area:

Satellite-based remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and/or surfaces (including Earth), with demonstrated capability and commitment to developing new satellite instruments, planetary missions, and data analysis techniques.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments in the field.   


How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate’s commitment to teaching, professional and scholarly work; a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] (with “APS faculty search” in the subject line), or mailed to:

Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Search Committee

Attn: Dr. Robert Loughman

Center for Atmospheric Sciences

154 William R. Harvey Way

Hampton University

Hampton VA 23668.  

Application Deadline: 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Selection Deadline: 

Friday, June 30, 2023

Postdoctoral researcher, Mars rover science/operations and Mars data analysis

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Department: Department of the Geophysical Sciences
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Country: United States
Contact Person: Edwin Kite
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Chicago
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 08 2023
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The University of Chicago’s Department of Geophysical Sciences seeks to hire a postdoctoral researcher to support Mars data analysis projects (a Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist grant on the timing and flow of surface and subsurface water at Gale crater, and a Mars Data Analysis Program grant on global and stratigraphic variations in sediment layer thicknesses on Mars). The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Edwin Kite to take part in Mars Science Laboratory science and operations, and analyze existing HiRISE Digital Terrain Models. The balance between rover and orbiter work will be chosen according to the preferences of the successful candidate.

Candidates should have a background in planetary science. Experience with rover operations, and/or Mars orbiter data analysis, is preferred but not required. This is primarily a data analysis position and modeling skills are not required though would be a welcome bonus. A start date in mid-to-late-2023 is preferred. This postdoctoral position will be for one year and funding is secured for renewal for a second year, contingent on satisfactory progress. The position comes with a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2023. Please send a CV, a brief description of research interests, and a list of publications as a single PDF file to [email protected]. Applicants should send the names and email addresses of 2-3 referees to this email address. Please direct informal inquiries about this post to Edwin Kite ([email protected]).

The University of Chicago hosts a vibrant planets and exoplanets research program, with particular emphasis on Mars, planetary sample analysis, and habitability:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/EO/D/V Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at UChicago seeks a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email [email protected] with their request.

Open-Rank Tenure-Track/Tenured Faculty Position in Remote Sensing

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: School of Earth & Environment and College of Engineering
City: Glassboro
State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Contact Person: Eddie Guerra
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Rowan University
Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 30 2022
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The School of Earth & Environment and the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University seek to fill an open-rank tenure-track/tenured Faculty position starting September 1st, 2023. Successful candidates are expected to develop and maintain an active, highly visible, extramurally funded research program with outstanding scholarship and to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students.


We seek candidates who use remote sensing techniques to gather, process and analyze critical data pertaining to the lithosphere, biosphere, and/or atmosphere of Earth or other planetary bodies, using Earth-based, orbital, and/or spacecraft instrumentation: 1) in the service of shedding light on, and innovating solutions to, Earth’s pressing climate and/or biodiversity crises; or 2) to better understand the nature, origin, and state of our solar system. Sophisticated signal & image processing, computer vision, machine learning and/or advanced visualization approaches and other cutting-edge approaches are of interest.


This faculty member will be jointly appointed, holding a primary appointment in the School of Earth & Environment, and a secondary appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in some combination of each of the following two main areas: 
1) geoscience, environmental science, atmospheric science, marine science, ecology, conservation biology, and/or planetary science; and 2) electrical/computer engineering, including theoretical, physical, and/or computational approaches.


Ideal candidates are those with cross-cutting research interests and expertise encompassing a complementary mixture of Earth, planetary, and environmental sciences and relevant engineering areas, which may include – but are not limited to – the following

  1. Global climate change on Earth, remote sensing of greenhouse gasses, detection of ice volume changes, changes in permafrost, sea-level monitoring;
  2. Conservation biology, deforestation, habitat changes, animal migration, monitoring of endangered species, poaching or fisheries surveillance;
  3. Sensing and monitoring environmental contaminants, source detection of contaminants;
  4. Planetary science, origins of planetary bodies, planetary lithospheres, planetary atmospheres, detection and interpretation of biosignatures;
  5. Sensor development (classic and edge-based), remote-sensing systems development, sensor modeling and simulation, radio-frequency remote-sensing;
  6. Management of large datasets using advanced signal and image processing, time series analysis, and the integration of high-resolution spectral and lidar datasets;
  7. Big Data, machine and artificial intelligence, computer vision and advanced visualization techniques including virtual, augmented or mixed reality to better understand multiple, simultaneous environmental crises.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field by September 1st, 2023 and will have demonstrated early research, publication or funding success at the intersection of Earth, planetary, and environmental sciences and engineering. A commitment to excellence in teaching and to communicating science to the public is a necessity. 

Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified R2 Doctoral University, engaged in a university push towards R1. The university enrolls approximately 22,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20-miles southeast of Philadelphia. Philadelphia International Airport is 30 minutes away, and New York and Washington, DC are easily accessible by train from 30th Street Station. The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum (, located only 4 miles from campus, is closely associated with the School of Earth & Environment and provides unique opportunities and teaching resources to faculty members and students. Additionally, the School of Earth & Environment is integral to Rowan’s Catalysts for Sustainability program, which coalesces a group of scholars from each of the university’s schools and colleges around the themes of the climate and biodiversity crises. In addition, the Rowan Virtual Reality Center ( , affiliated and managed by the ECE Department, is a one-of-a-kind advanced visualization facility equipped with a fully immersive CAVE(R) environment, an array of virtual reality and augmented reality head-mounted systems, as well as a custom-designed 7-foot-high by a 40-foot-wide curved wall of screens, ideal for processing and visualizing remote sensing data and images.

Applications must be submitted through Rowan’s online applicant tracking system:

All candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter outlining suitability for the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on teaching philosophy (including discussion of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and efforts to grow the audience for environmental/sustainability education); 4) a description of research agenda (including potential funding mechanisms); 5) contact information for three professional references. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application by November 30, 2022.

Postdoc Martian Surface Processes

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Department: Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
City: Providence
State/Province: RI
Country: USA
Contact Person: Ingrid Daubar
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Brown University
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
Web Link:

Postdoctoral researcher sought for the Planetary Sciences group at Brown University. This project focuses on martian rockfalls as a dynamic erosional process. Additionally, the position could include independent Mars-related research of the candidate’s own choosing using HiRISE and other remote sensing data. Women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Ingrid Daubar ([email protected]) to discuss the position. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2021. 

LRO Diviner Postdoctoral Researcher

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Department: Geosciences
City: Stony Brook
State/Province: NY
Country: United States
Contact Person: Tim Glotch
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Stony Brook University
Application Due Date: Sunday, July 03 2022
Web Link:

Duties: (In collaboration with the PI)

  • Analyze data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment to assess the compositional, space weathering, and thermophysical properties of the lunar surface.
  • Acquire thermal infrared spectra of minerals and mineral mixtures in a simulated lunar environment to enable more quantitative interpretation of Diviner data.
  • Collaborate with the PI and Diviner Co-investigators to apply results to analysis of orbital remote sensing data. 
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals based on this work.
  • Evaluate results within the framework of current understanding of the field, as determined by periodical/literature search.
  • Other duties as needed

Please visit Dr. Timothy Glotch to learn more about our department/research.

Visit The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to learn more about our postdoctoral community.  

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Research Fellow in numerical modelling

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Department: School of Earth and Planetary Sciences
City: Perth
State/Province: WA
Country: Australia
Contact Person: Katarina Miljkovic
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Curtin University
Application Due Date: Thursday, March 31 2022
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Working in this role includes numerical modelling in geophysics and geology applied to numerical simulation and visualization of crater formation process, using the state-of-the-art 2D and 3D modelling techniques available at Curtin. Your role will be to numerically simulate crater formation process on Mars, the Earth and Moon to better understand the structure and evolution of lunar and planetary crusts. Numerical validation can be made with publicly available data, including the latest research associated with NASA’s InSight mission, currently operating on Mars. This project is aimed to bridge the gap between observations and modelling, and understand craters on terrestrial bodies in the context of future exploration and exploitation specific to impact crater sites.

In this position, you will be part of an ARC Future Fellowship team that will sustain and enhance international collaboration with a number of world-class groups that participate in the NASA InSight mission. The project also introduces and extends collaborations with impact specialists, crater experts, and lunar and planetary geophysics specialists around the world, covering diverse areas of Earth and planetary science.

You will also supervise students, giving you the opportunity to further develop your supervisory experience. You will also be free to take up a topic of your choosing and continue developing your own research portfolio in addition to the allocated tasks. There may be an opportunity to gain some undergraduate teaching experience as well.

Planetary Geodesist (GS-12 / GS-13)

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Department: Astrogeology Science Center
City: Flagstaff
State/Province: AZ
Country: USA
Contact Person: Michael Bland
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: U. S. Geological Survey
Application Due Date: Tuesday, March 22 2022
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The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is hiring up to two Geodesists (GS-12/13). Our mission is to help humanity understand our Solar System by maximizing the scientific and technical return from planetary missions through scientific research, software development, and the creation of spatial data products and standards. To help us achieve that mission, we seek two geodesists who can develop new capabilities in the fields of digital elevation models, planetary shape, rotation, and orientation, photogrammetric techniques, image matching, and geodetic standards. Job duties include planning and conducting novel geodetic and cartographic analysis, developing digital image processing techniques, designing or modifying bundle adjustment software, maintaining and improving global planetary control networks, and providing guidance to technical staff working on photogrammetric and geodetic production tasks. Applicants must have a bachelor’s or higher degree in geodesy or a related field with additional professional experience. Expertise in the concepts, theories, and principles of photogrammetry, cartography, geodesy, and/or computer vision is expected. Applicants must be US citizens, and a background check is required. This position is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Apply starting March 7th 2022 through announcement USGS-SAC-22-11289270-DE-LL ( Closes March 21, 2022. Contact Michael Bland with questions: ([email protected]).

Important notes:

  • Applicants must submit all copies of unofficial transcripts to to ensure that the basic education requirement is met.
  • Resumes should include relevant employment or work experience (include month and year) with a statement beneath each describing how that experience meets the qualifications of a GS-12 or GS-13 Geodesist as described in the announcement. 
  • Current or former federal employees should include previous grade levels.
  • All required documents must be submitted prior to the close of the announcement
  • More details regarding the federal hiring process are available in the HELP section of the USAjobs site at

Postdoctoral Research in Remote Sensing/Machine Learning

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Current state: Approved
City: Upton
State/Province: NY
Country: USA
Contact Person: Martin Schoonen
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Application Due Date: Monday, February 14 2022
Web Link:

Position Description:

The Nonproliferation and National Security Department has an opening for a Post Doc to assist with the development of remote sensing algorithms to monitor uranium mining activities.  The development of the algorithms will be based on new, high-quality laboratory spectral data that will be acquired as part of an international multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary effort. The position will require close collaboration with the partner institutions.  This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, test, and validate machine-learning image processing and analysis methods
  • Participate in a multi-institutional proof-of-concept study
  • Maintain spectral data base and upload data to community spectral data bases
  • Assist in and help coordinate experimental work to collect laboratory spectral data

The position is based at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York (Long Island) and the selected candidate will work closely with project team members at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. 

Orbital Debris Measurement Engineer

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Orbital Debris Research and Science Operations
City: Houston
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Contact Person: Tom Prior
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jacobs Engineering
Application Due Date: Friday, April 15 2022
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Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!     

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States. 

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however, we do not have assurance at this time when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews. **

We are looking for an Orbital Debris Measurement Engineer to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The selected candidate will:

  • Provide data analysis on measurement data in direct support for orbital debris engineering models
  • Participate in experiments meant to improve computer models of the space debris environment, including numerical simulation, and model/tool development and optimization
  • Solve problems in applied physics and engineering, including basic research and algorithm development to support NASA missions
  • Develop, document, maintain and operate computer models and databases of the orbital debris environment
  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) customers
  • Present work products to customers and counterparts (written & verbal)
  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings


Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school in engineering related field and a minimum of five (5) years direct experience, or Master’s degree and four (4) years of direct experience, or Ph.D. and zero (0) years of related experience.
  • Formal experience with optical or radar data processing and analysis
  • Formal experience in software development/maintenance
  • Experience with statistical analysis of data
  • Experience with orbital mechanics
  • Experience in analyzing data and determining trends, uncertainties, and error sources
  • Experience with FORTRAN, MATLAB, Python, and high level computer programming languages
  • Experience with the Linux/Unix operating system
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating computer models
  • Must be willing to travel to conferences, radar installations, and impact test facilities occasionally (domestic and international)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Requisition Preferences:

  • Experience with supporting space situational awareness and space object characterization
  • Direct experience with ground- or space-based radar and optical assets
  • Experience with computational applications, e.g. MatLab or Simulink
  • Work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and possess excellent oral and written skills