Europa Geophysical Modeling

Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
Pasadena, California (US)
Jun 20, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
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The research may geological and/or structural mapping of Europa using GIS tools and quantitative analyses of mapped data, including modeling of associated stresses. Geophysical analyses may involve modeling of impact, melt, and/or tectonic processes relevant to Europa, with possible application to other outer planet satellites.  Dr. Robert Pappalardo will serve as the postdoctoral advisor.  The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor and others, resulting in publications in the open literature.


Candidate should have a recent Ph.D. in geology, physics, or a related field with a strong background in geophysical research. Experience in modeling and/or research relevant to the outer planet satellites is highly desirable. The appointment is contingent upon evidence of completion of a Ph.D.

Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible.  Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.

Candidates should submit the following: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.