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Scientist, Lunar Seismologist

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California (US)
Competitive salary with generous benefits
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, invites applications for a newly created research position in the Planetary Interiors and Geophysics Group. The research will involve lunar seismology, specifically working with existing lunar seismic data, and interpreting highly scattered signals. The researcher will refine science requirements and define basic data processing and archiving processes for the upcoming Farside Seismic Suite (FSS). They will also perform detailed computational modeling of highly scattered lunar seismic data and compare to existing Apollo seismic data in order to refine techniques for extracting observations to constrain the lunar interior. They will prepare for future mission opportunities by investigating both single-station and networked approaches to locating lunar seismicity and formulating the scientific requirements for future terrestrial planet missions that contain a seismologic element.

Applicants should have a well-established record in lunar seismology, evidenced by papers in refereed scientific journals and participation in national/international meetings. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop an independently funded research program. Opportunities exist for participation in ongoing and future space missions.

This position requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in seismology, planetary geophysics, or a related field.
  • Peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals planetary science and seismology.
  • Demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at national and/or international conferences.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience in instrument and mission concept development.
  • Experience on active planetary missions.
  • Experience obtaining grant funding.
  • 3+ years of experience analyzing planetary seismic data—especially lunar seismic data—and working with highly scattered signals.

To view the full description of this unique opportunity (including EEO statement and NASA requirements) and apply, please visit: Applications received by October 24, 2021, will receive full consideration.


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of the California Institute of Technology, and a leading research and development center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). JPL has a wide-ranging charter for robotic space exploration, Earth observation, astrophysical research, and technology development. JPL also manages and operates NASA’s Deep Space Network, a worldwide system of antennas that communicate with spacecraft and conduct radar and radio astronomy studies. JPL is based in Pasadena, CA, and employs approximately 5,000 Scientists, Engineers, and support personnel.

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