Scientist II, Exoplanet and Comparative Planetary Systems Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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 in the Exoplanet Discovery and Science Group. The successful candidate will lead the development of a transit spectroscopy science data pipeline that utilizes Bayesian analysis methods, participate in the development of exoplanet mission and instrument concepts, and support science program management. The candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program with successful proposals submitted to NASA, and to maintain communication with astrophysics and planetary scientists at JPL and Caltech, including with the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), and the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program.

The position requires a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, planetary science, or related field, with a preferred minimum of two years related experience and extensive experience in developing Bayesian science data analysis tools for exoplanet science data calibration and model retrieval capability. Also required are significant experience with the Python programming language, a strong mathematical background, experience developing radiative transfer codes for use in spectral retrieval, and experience developing simulations to quantify exoplanet mission performance. The candidate is expected to take initiative in collaborating across exoplanet and planetary sciences, to support planning, development, and implementation activities related to these, and participate as a member of a team in development of new exoplanet mission proposals.

Information on Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences at JPL is available at this website,, and recent results from the Exoplanetary Science Initiative are given at 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.

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,; or the chair of the selection committee, Dr. Mark Swain (

To view the details of this unique opportunity (including EEO statement and NASA requirements) and apply, please visit (Job ID 2017-9023). Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL in the field of exoplanet and comparative planetary science, a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for three professional reference writers. Applications received by February 1, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Included Benefits: 

JPL offers a generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Mark Swain
Selection Committee Chair
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Job ID: 2017-9023