Planetary Interior Structure and Dynamics Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CALIFORNIA
Country: USA
Institution: JPL
Application Due Date: Friday, July 01 2016
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA, invites applications for a full-time position in interior structure and dynamics of planets and satellites. The applicant will join a broad-based team of scientists and engineers to advance JPL’s Planetary Science research that excels in applying remote sensing data, in-situ measurements and state of the art models to planetary geophysics. Determining the interior structure and dynamics of planets, moons, and small objects is key to better understanding of the formation and differentiation of Solar System objects. The scientific scope of interest for this position is broad, but candidates should have demonstrated expertise in one of the following areas: Modeling of signal propagation in solid bodies and atmospheres, with applications, for example, to icy satellites, Mars, Venus, and giant planets; Processing of geophysical data, in particular seismic signals, over a broad range of frequencies; Material mechanical properties and their dependence on several parameters including pressure, temperature and forcing frequency; and/or Modelling of planetary internal processes. The selected applicant is expected to participate in or lead science definition and advancement of new science, technology, and mission proposals.


The applicant must have a PhD in Geology, Geophysics, Physics, or a related technical discipline.  The applicant shall have an established reputation along with a broad knowledge of planetary measurement approaches and expertise in modeling and interpretation of the data for planetary science applications.


JPL/Caltech offers a competitive salary and impressive benefits, and provides research opportunities at the leading edge of Planetary Science. To view the full job description and apply, visit: (Job ID #2016-6584). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and should include a curriculum vitae, a career statement with research objectives, and contact information for three professional references. JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.