Scientist II

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Job ID: 11088

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a full-time scientist position to join the Sea Level and Ice Group with the Earth Science Section.    In this position, you will do the following:

  • Use remote sensing data and in-situ data to advance Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) modeling and to assimilate into the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) reconstructions of present-day GIA and assess uncertainty in such reconstructions.
  • Integrate GIA reconstructions and associated metrics (such as covariance matrices and probability distributions) into the GRACE-FO mission project workflow.
  • Improve our knowledge of the interactions between Cryosphere and solid Earth, in particular as it relates to vertical uplift generated by ungrounding of ice sheets and sea-level rise and integrate such knowledge into process representations within ISSM. 
  • Improve our understanding of the impact of short time scale processes involving anelastic deformation of the mantle, in particular on the stability of rapidly retreating ice streams in Antarctica, currently responsible for the bulk of eustatic sea-level rise. 
  • Write substantial reports and scientific papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals addressing the influence of the Cryosphere and solid Earth on sea-level change.
  • Play an active role in interacting with engineers, technologists and other scientists at JPL for the purposes of advancing missions and mission scientific rationale.
  • Secure funding through proposals.


  • PhD in solid Earth Science with emphasis on numerical modeling, or related technical discipline.
  • In-depth knowledge of GIA theory and computation.
  • Advanced knowledge and specific experience in solid Earth deformation modeling, data assimilation techniques and numerical approaches to solving boundary-value problems.
  • Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Desired two years of related experience.
  • Experience with the geological constraints on GIA that constrain past ice sheet reconstructions.
  • Familiarity with data sets from NASA’s current and future sea-level missions: GRACE-FO, NISAR, SWOT, and Jason series. 
  • Strong track record of independent research in solid earth, geodesy and/or cryospheric science.

Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in the area of Global Isostatic Adjustment (GIA), a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Applications received by November 24, 2019 will receive full consideration.

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