Research Scientist II

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Job ID: 11799

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


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.


Will be a member of the Planetary Science Section (322) and will report to the Group Supervisor of the Planetary Interiors and Geophysics Group (3226).  In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop models for the chemical evolution of Europa, Enceladus, Titan, Ganymede, and other ocean worlds in support of the Icy Worlds, Titan, and Vital Signs teams
  • Investigate the detailed chemical evolution of Europa’s interior and its ice
  • Perform NASA funded research, including setting up and conducting novel experiments to measure chemical properties and processes applicable to planetary interiors
  • Investigate the metamorphic evolution of Ceres’s rocky mantle
  • Support mission formulation as a subject matter expert on ocean world chemistry



  • PhD in geochemistry, planetary geophysics, or a related field.
  • 3-4+ years expertise in applying meteoritics, petrology, aqueous geochemistry to problems in astrobiology.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of geophysical forward modeling and inverse theory, high-pressure experimental design and implementation.

Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in planetary science 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 May 26, 2020 will receive full consideration. 

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