Research Scientist, Mars Science

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Science
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Cheryl Cooperstein
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Application Due Date: Monday, September 01 2014
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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 has an opening for a Scientist to participate in future Mars exploration missions. We are primarily seeking to build upon JPL’s existing strengths in Mars science in the areas of astrobiology, geology, inorganic geochemistry, specifically including isotope geochemistry, and Mars atmospheric science, especially as related to interactions with geologic processes. The researcher will identify scientific questions and concepts to further our understanding of the origin, history, and/or habitability of Mars. Research themes of interest include: • Identification of ancient terrestrial biosignatures and the evolution of life on Earth as it relates to potential Martian life. • Identification and characterization of Mars surface geology over all spatial scales. • Elemental geochemistry of Martian material, light stable isotope geochemistry in Martian or Mars-relevant material, and/or non-traditional or radiogenic isotopes including geochronology. • Investigation of atmospheric processes on all spatial and temporal scales that influence surface and near-surface habitability. The ability to use analytical and theoretical approaches to solving problems related to the origin and evolution of Mars including the study of results from orbital and in situ Martian measurements and/or extraterrestrial samples is essential. It is expected that the candidate will pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities for Martian exploration through advocacy and outreach within the scientific and stakeholder community. This pursuit will involve design development and operations strategies, working closely with science and engineering teams at JPL. The candidate is expected to have a Phd in Geoscience, Planetary Science, or related scientific discipline along with advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining, and conducting independent scientific research. Candidates should have a demonstrated or potential strength in leadership. To view the full job description and apply to this position, please visit:, (Requisition #12541). Candidates should submit a CV that includes a list of publications and an introductory cover letter (no more than 2 pages) that includes research, research goals and the names and contact information of references. JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.