Research Scientist: Ocean Worlds

Pasadena, California
Competitive salary with generous benefits (insurance, retirement, paid time off ) and much more
Aug 23, 2018
Sep 21, 2018
Planetary Sciences
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a staff Scientist position in areas relevant to understanding Ocean Worlds. JPL is an exciting and fun place to work, with an established culture for collaborations and opportunities for developing new ideas and pursuits. We are committed to fostering an enriching and rewarding research environment with strong support and coaching for professional and personal development.

The position is to conduct Ocean Worlds-related scientific research within the fields of Geochemistry and Astrobiology. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop an independently funded research program and will pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities focusing on Ocean World exploration.

The candidate is also expected to be a member of the JPL Solar System Exploration Directorate Ocean Worlds team. This may involve participating in engineering-led planning teams, interaction with personnel involved in similar efforts at other NASA locations, including NASA Headquarters, and helping to play a coordination role with the interested external community.


The position requires a Ph.D. 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 Ocean Worlds exploration. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Additional desirable attributes include:

  • 2-3 years of related postdoctoral experience
  • A history of writing successful research funding proposals
  • Experience with mission formulation and proposal preparation
  • Experience working with and/or interacting with NASA Headquarters

To view the details of this unique opportunity (including EEO statement and NASA requirements) and apply, please visit (Job ID 2018-9596). Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL in the field of Ocean World planetary science, a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for three professional reference writers. Applications received by September 30, 2018, will receive full consideration.