Research Scientist II - Laboratory Studies

Job Details

Job ID: 11716

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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.


Will be a member of the Planetary Science Section and will report to the Group Supervisor of the Laboratory Studies Group.  In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop an independently funded research program
  • Support research conducted within the laboratory studies group
  • Provide scientific leadership within the laboratory studies group
  • Publish in peer reviewed scientific journals, and present papers at scientific conferences


Required Skills:

  • PhD. degree in experimental chemistry or physics.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge at the forefront of experimental laboratory studies with direct planetary science applications (i.e, relevance to icy moons, Kuiper Belt Objects, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and solar system evolution).
  • Demonstrated experience with a range of relevant experimental techniques (e.g., matrix isolation, UV an IR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption) and apparatus (e.g., cryogenic systems, UHV systems).
  • Demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and/or international conference.

Desired Skills:

  • 3-5+ years of related post-doc experience
  • History of writing successful external research funding proposals
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of planning, execution, and analysis of astronomical observations

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.


 All applications received before May 3, 2020 will be considered.

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