Investigating the Interiors of Europa and the Uranian Moons

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Interiors and Geophysics
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Catherine Elder
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: Thursday, April 14 2022
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The postdoctoral research associate will work with Dr. Catherine Elder and Dr. Tom Nordheim to study the interiors of Europa and the Uranian moons. Specifically, the postdoctoral researcher will investigate the plausibility of seafloor volcanism on Europa through mantle convection, magma generation, migration, and eruption modeling. They will also investigate the interior structure and thermal evolution of Miranda and Ariel, with the aim of addressing the question: do these objects have current or geologically recent subsurface oceans?


Qualifications: We invite applicants with a recent PhD in planetary science, physics, geology, or a related field. We seek someone who has experience in numerical modeling and a strong background in physics. Previous experience studying icy satellites, mantle convection, or geochemistry is preferred but not required.