Research Scientist, Planetary Interiors and Geophysics

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Cheryl Cooperstein
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 26 2020
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a Scientist who will bring new expertise to and ensure continuity of existing capabilities at JPL in planetary science. The successful candidate will develop models for the chemical evolution of Europa, Enceladus, Titan, Ganymede, and other ocean worlds in support of the Icy Worlds, Titan, and Vital Signs teams. The candidate will investigate the detailed chemical evolution of Europa’s interior and its ice. Perform NASA funded research, including setting up and conducting novel experiments to measure chemical properties and processes applicable to planetary interiors. Investigate the metamorphic evolution of Ceres’s rocky mantle and support mission formulation as a subject matter expert on ocean world chemistry.

This position requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in geochemistry, planetary geophysics, or a related field.
  • 3-4 years expertise in applying meteoritics, petrology, aqueous geochemistry to problems in astrobiology.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Knowledge of geophysical forward modeling and inverse theory, high-pressure experimental design and implementation.

Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in planetary science research, a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Applications are due by May 26, 2020 or until filled and should be submitted at: