Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Space Sciences and Engineering
City: San Antonio
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Application Due Date: Wednesday, June 10 2015
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The UV imaging spectrograph group at SwRI is seeking postdoctoral to mid-career planetary scientists to join our team’s investigations of a variety of science questions using far-UV observations. Topics of study include: 1) Characterization of volatiles within permanently shaded regions at the lunar poles with the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) imaging spectrograph on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO); 2) Imaging Jupiter’s powerful auroral emissions with the Juno UV Spectrograph (UVS); 3) Studying the atmosphere of Pluto with the New Horizons Alice instrument; 4) Analysis of Hubble campaign observations in search of water vapor plumes on Europa; and/or 5) Instrument development work related to the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) UVS investigation and other future UV/optical projects in Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics, and Earth Sciences. Candidates are encouraged to develop their own additional research projects.


Must have experience with imaging and/or spectroscopy from space-based or ground-based observatories. Strong programming skills with Interactive Data Language (IDL) is preferred. A background in scientific analysis and publications related to one or more of the topics listed above is highly desirable. Specific tasks include: analyze UV spectral imaging datasets; assist with planning future observations; publish results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional meetings; develop concepts and new technologies for UV/Vis/IR instrumentation; assist with flight instrument integration, test and calibration tasks; lead and/or assist proposal writing for new business.


Postdoctoral candidates are referenced to job posting number 15-01143. Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist candidates with (or soon to have) 2-3 years of postdoctoral experience may reference job code 15-01144.


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