Planetary Geophysicist/Geodesist

NASA Goddard
Greenbelt, Maryland
GS13/14 + benefits
Jul 01, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
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Position available at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, Planetary Geophysicist/Geodesist.

The Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory, is seeking a research scientist with expertise in analysis of planetary spacecraft radiometric tracking data and geophysical applications. We are especially interested in demonstrated capabilities using radio signals for precision orbit determination and planetary gravity field determination, specifically with expertise in measurement modeling and development of innovative inversion techniques. Experience in the use of altimetry data and complex radio data (e.g., VLBI) for orbit determination is desirable. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in spacecraft instrument modeling, data reduction and analysis, and applications to develop value-added products (e.g., crustal thickness, crustal density, internal structure, and localized gravity representations). Experience on recent lunar and/or planetary mission science teams (e.g., GRAIL, MESSENGER) and analysis of recent planetary spacecraft mission data for gravitational field determination are required. The incumbent is expected to participate in development of new flight mission concepts and proposals that improve knowledge of planetary topography and gravity fields.

A PhD in a relevant field of Physics, Geophysics, Geodetic Sciences or Planetary Sciences is desired. U.S. citizenship required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. To view the full vacancy announcement, which contains further information, including how to apply, go to  For information about the research program and the Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Lab, please contact Lori Glaze at 301-614-6466 or

NASA, GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.