Dark Energy and Dark Matter Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a staff Scientist position working in cosmology. Information on Astrophysics at JPL is available at this website, https://science.jpl.nasa.gov. JPL is an exciting and fun place to work, with an established culture for collaborations and opportunities for developing new ideas and pursuits. We are committed to fostering an enriching and rewarding research environment with strong support and coaching for professional and personal development.

We are seeking a scientist who will take an active role as a leader and collaborator in the exploration of the dark sector of the Universe – dark matter and dark energy. The successful candidate will also contribute to the formulation and development of mission and instrument concepts, science analysis plans, and support science-program management. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust research program, including participating and leading in funding support efforts; and will be active in cultivating communication with cosmologists and related scientists at JPL and Caltech, including with the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC). The JPL dark sector is playing a leading role in the development of the NASA WFIRST mission, ESA’s Euclid mission, and the SuperBIT balloon campaign. We also have significant interest in participation in ground based surveys including DES and LSST, particularly to further build joint-processing analysis strategy and implementation expertise.

We require a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related field, with a record of publications in dark matter and dark energy science, especially weak gravitational lensing or galaxy clustering (including BAO and RSD). The candidate is expected to demonstrate the ability to take initiative in collaborating with the existing dark sector scientists at JPL and external colleagues, support planning, development, and implementation of relevant space missions and ground- based surveys, and to demonstrate effective presentation and communication skills.

Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in the fields of dark energy cosmology and dark matter, 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 reference writers. Applications received by October 15, 2017, will receive full consideration.

For more information about the position or working at JPL and Pasadena in general, please contact the Section Manager of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (Dr. Leonidas Moustakas, [email protected]) or the chair of the review committee, Dr. Jason Rhodes ([email protected]). To apply, visit http://Careerlaunch.jpl.nasa.gov (Job ID 2017-8704).

JPL/Caltech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Included Benefits: 

Generous benefits package

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Leonidas Moustakas
Section Manager
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