Research Scientist, Planetary Geosciences

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Planetary Science Section
City: Pasadena
State/Province: California
Country: United States
Contact Person: Cheryl Cooperstein
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: Monday, July 04 2022
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, invites applications for a newly created

research position in the Planetary Geosciences Group. The successful candidate will support

the Europa Clipper mission by performing geological analysis of Europa. Specifically, the

candidate will provide expertise in icy satellite geological mapping, analysis, and interpretation

as well as expertise in surface landform distribution and identification. The candidate will also be

expected to participate in formulation activities related to missions to the Ice Giants and their



Applicants should have a well-established record in planetary geology, evidenced by

publications in refereed scientific journals and participation in national/international meetings. It

is expected that the successful candidate will develop an independently funded research

program. Opportunities exist for participation in ongoing and future space missions.


This position requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in planetary geology, or a related field.

  • Peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals planetary science.

  • Demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of

  • publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at national and/or international

  • conferences.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience with icy satellite structural analysis and interpretation.

  • Experience in geological mapping, and landform analysis and interpretation.

  • Familiarity with the Europa Clipper mission.

  • Experience in mission formulation and concept development, particularly in relation to

  • outer solar system exploration.

  • Experience on active planetary missions.

  • Experience obtaining grant funding.

To view the full description of this unique opportunity and apply, please visit:–Planetary-Geosciences_R2330

Applications received by July 4, 2022 will receive full consideration.