Scientist II

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Posting title
Scientist II

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 8 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Some travel may be required. 
Labor Category: Scientist II

Job Description:
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Scientist in areas relevant to understanding the geology and tectonic processes of the Moon and Mars. The Scientist will be responsible for maintaining a research portfolio focused on conducting cutting edge scientific research within the planetary geology field, including using orbital remote sensing data, surface rover and lander mission data, and modeling as well as participating in active spacecraft missions and developmental flight projects. The Scientist will develop an independently-funded research program, publish findings in the peer-reviewed literature, work on active missions and developmental flight projects, and collaboratively pursue new mission and/or instrument opportunities focusing on the exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• PhD in Geology, Planetary Science, or a related scientific discipline
• Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following areas related to planetary geology: geomorphology; processes affecting planetary surfaces; interpreting orbital and surface remote sensing data and applying that knowledge to the selection of landing sites; and tectonics of planetary surfaces
• Demonstrated experience in conceiving, defining, and conducting self-directed scientific research
• Demonstrated interest in working on orbital and surface exploration missions to the Moon and Mars
• Experience in acquisition, analysis, and/or interpretation of spacecraft mission data of the Moon and Mars
• Demonstrated experience in using state of the art tools to process and analyze remote sensing data
• A strong interest in applying the above technical skills to planetary exploration
• Experience working on active surface missions
• Experience working on developmental flight projects
• A demonstrated professional reputation as a productive researcher with a track record of abstracts and presentations at national meeting and publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.
• 2-3 years of related post-doc experience
• Experience writing proposals, including data analysis and science participation on active missions.

Desired Skills:
• A statement on research experience and research objectives as well as the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL as a leader and contributor in the field of planetary geology, and a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed and other work.

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