Scientist, Small Bodies of the Solar System (2019-10610)
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Scientist in areas relevant to understanding small bodies of the Solar System, including comets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects, and Centaurs. The Scientist will be responsible for maintaining a research portfolio focused on conducting cutting-edge scientific research within the small bodies field, including using ground-based observatories, space-based mission data, and/or theoretical modeling. The Scientist will develop an independently-funded research program, publish findings in the peer-reviewed literature, and collaboratively pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities focusing on the exploration of small bodies.
This position requires the following qualifications:
- PhD in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or a related scientific discipline;
- Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following areas related to small Solar System body science: discovery, characterization of compositional/physical properties; dynamical, geophysical, or geological modeling;
- Demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining, and conducting self-directed scientific research;
- Experience in acquisition, analysis, and/or interpretation of ground-based or spacecraft mission data of small bodies;
- A strong interest in applying the above technical skills to planetary exploration;
- A demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals;
- Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.
The following qualifications are preferred:
- 2-3 years of related post-doc experience;
- Demonstrated interest in utilizing the next-generation astronomical observatories (e.g. JWST, LSST) and/or planetary science space missions;
- A history of writing successful proposals, including observing proposals.
Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in the field of small body 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 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. (Req. # 2019-10610).
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