Scientist Level II, WFIRST Coronagraph Scientist/Instrumentalist

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a staff Scientist position in the area of direct imaging coronagraphy instrumentation, technology, and science. We are seeking a scientist who will take an active role in both scientific research and development of coronagraph technology for imaging and spectroscopy of exoplanets and debris disks, work that will be done in close collaboration with the WFIRST Project science and management teams. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous independent scientific research program, and to support the planning, development, and implementation of coronagraph technology and resulting science for the WFIRST Project. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of mission and instrument concepts, science analysis plans, and support science program management. We require a Ph.D. in astrophysics, planetary science, or related field, with a record of publications in exoplanet or planetary science, or related field. Also required is demonstrated experience in optical systems directly relevant to coronagraph development, ideally including direct experience with deploying such a system in the laboratory, at an observatory, or both, and leadership in resulting scientific publications. The candidate is expected to take initiative in collaborating across exoplanet and planetary sciences, to support planning, development, and implementation activities related to exoplanetary science and coronagraph technology, and to have effective presentation and communication skills.

Information on the people and projects in Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences at JPL are available 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 dedicated 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, To review the full job description and to apply, visit (Job ID 2017-7820). Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role as a Coronagraph Scientist/Instrumentalist at JPL working with, and in support of, the WFIRST mission, 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 April 2, 2017 will receive full consideration.

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

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JPL offers a generous benefits package

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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