Physics and Chemistry of Outer Planetary Ice Analogs

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Sciences
City: Pasadena
State/Province: California
Country: USA
Contact Person: Murthy Gudipati
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 01 2018
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Physics and Chemistry of Outer Planetary (Europa) Ice Analogs

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Requisition ID: 2018-9183; Relocation Eligibility: Yes; Hiring Organization: 3227 – PLANETARY ICES; Work Authorization: Ability to Obtain Work Authorization; Discipline: Planetary Science; Advisor Name: MURTHY GUDIPATI; Program (Postdoc): JPL


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the Planetary Ices Group. Drs. Murthy Gudipati and Bryana Henderson will serve as postdoctoral advisors to the selected candidate with Dr. Gudipati acting as primary. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the postdoctoral advisors, resulting in publications in the open literature. The postdoctoral position is available immediately.


The research work will focus on the area of physics and chemistry of outer planetary ice analogs using laboratory simulations and spectroscopy. This position is aimed at understanding the evolution of organic matter in ices under high-radiation conditions such as on Europa. The successful candidate should have thorough hands-on experience in similar research activity and should be able to participate in multiple projects. In addition to the fundamental research mentioned above, the appointee will have an opportunity to participate in next-generation space instrumentation concepts, mission concepts, and observations.


Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, astronomy or planetary sciences and a strong motivation to undertake this multidisciplinary research. Experience and expertise in the following techniques are highly desired: low-temperature techniques, laboratory ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, ultra-high vacuum techniques, and mass-spectrometry. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at