Scientist II

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Job ID: 11375

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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Scientist who will bring new expertise to and ensure continuity of existing capabilities at JPL in polar ocean and sea ice observation from space. The successful candidate will lead new PI-driven research activities and will provide science support for upcoming NISAR, SWOT, and Jason missions.  Specifically, the candidate will establish a research program that uses satellite data to derive new datasets of polar ocean dynamic topography, mesoscale eddies, and sea ice motion to better understand polar ocean dynamics and ocean-atmosphere-sea-ice interactions.



  • PhD in Oceanography, Earth Sciences, or related scientific discipline.
  • Demonstrated expertise in polar-ocean and sea-ice processes, as evidenced by a publication record in the peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated expertise in radar altimetry for polar oceans.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.



The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Two years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in the development of novel datasets from satellite data for polar oceans.
  • Demonstrated community leadership through convening of scientific meetings and topical sessions, leadership roles in discipline related organizations and editorial duties.


Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor of polar ocean and sea ice research, 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 February 29th, 2020 will receive full consideration.



This position, because of its associated job duties, has been determined by JPL to be safety-sensitive as defined in JPL’s Drug Free Workplace Requirement.  An employee holding this position will be subject to periodic, unannounced, random drug testing.  Please refer to JPL’s Drug Free Workplace Requirement for more information.  Candidates who are hired into designated safety-sensitive positions will be included in a pool from which individuals are randomly selected to participate in the unannounced drug testing.




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