Research Scientist, Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, May 15, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, June 12, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Street Line 1: 
4800 Oak Grove Drive
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4800 Oak Grove Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Title: Research Scientist, Astrobiology and Ocean Worlds

Location: Pasadena, CA

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.

This position requires the following qualifications:

  • 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.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • 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.

Please visit to view the full description and apply. Applications received by June 8, 2020 will receive full consideration.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Competitive with generous benefits package
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 12, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, June 12, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Cheryl Cooperstein
United States of America
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