Scientist, Small Bodies of the Solar System

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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 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.

Please visit (Job ID 2019-10610) for a full description. 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. 

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Competitive salary with generous benefits
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Cheryl Cooperstein
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