Research Scientist III - Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a Research Scientist position to join the Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds Group within the Planetary Science Section. In this position, you will do the following:
- Lead development of instrumentation and/or mission concepts to explore the subsurface of Mars and other habitable environments.
- Write proposals for advancing research and instrument/mission development in the areas of planetary habitability, subsurface exploration, hydrology, energetics, thermodynamics, geodynamics and astrobiology.
- Ph.D. degree in Earth or Planetary Sciences or related scientific or technical discipline.
- Demonstrated working knowledge at the forefront in the fields of planetary habitability, geophysics, geodynamics, aqueous geochemistry, modeling and biology/astrobiology, including but not limited to the Mars subsurface.
- At least 5 years experience following the Ph.D. in research in one or more of the aforementioned fields.
- Peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals in the aforementioned fields.
- Well-established record in obtaining funding as PI for scientific research and/or mission/instrument development.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to both work as part of a team and lead a team.
- Experience in design/development/operation of missions, technology or instruments flown to space (preferably as PI or other leadership role).
- Experience with mission concept development (preferably in a leadership role).
- A track record of leadership in the scientific community, such as a history of: (i) organization of workshops, conference sessions and academic courses; (ii) invited talks and keynote lectures; (iii) fellowships and awards; and (iv) participation in panels and reviews for publications and proposals.
- A record of teaching and/or mentoring the next generation of planetary scientists.
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 June 8, 2020 will receive full consideration.
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