Research Scientist: Mars Science

Pasadena, California
Competitive salary with generous benefits package
Mar 17, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
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The Planetary Science section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA is looking to fill a position for a researcher in areas relevant to future planetary sample return missions.

The position is to conduct Mars-related scientific research within one of the following fields: Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Astrobiology, and Petrology.  The candidate should have a PhD in planetary science, or related scientific discipline, along with demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining, and conducting independent scientific research, with a strong interest in applying those efforts to problems related to the origin, evolution and/or habitability of Mars including the study of results from orbital and in situ Martian measurements and/or extraterrestrial samples.

It is expected that the successful candidate will pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities focusing on Martian exploration through advocacy and outreach within the scientific and stakeholder community. This pursuit will involve working closely with science and engineering teams at JPL to design solar system sample return and Martian exploration missions and instrumentation.

The candidate is also expected to participate in long-lead activities related to humans-to-Mars being coordinated by the Mars Program Office.  This may involve participating in engineering-led planning teams, interaction with personnel involved in similar efforts at other NASA locations, helping to play a coordination role with the interested external community, participation in relevant committees, involvement in subject conferences, and maintaining external visibility through publication. 

The position may include a significant start up funding package.

To view the full job description and apply to the position, please visit:, (see Requisition # 2017-7983).  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 is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA. JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.