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    The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory (Code 698) is seeking a research scientist to provide expertise in the analysis of planetary spacecraft radiometric tracking data and apply it to a wide range of geophysical studies.


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    As Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary Studies, you will specialize in the analysis of planetary spacecraft radiometric tracking data with applications to a wide range of geophysical studies. You will independently formulate research plans and hypotheses, and conduct research in the following areas: Analysis of planetary spacecraft radio signals for precision orbit determination and planetary gravity field determination, particularly measurement modeling and the development of innovative inversion techniques; Analysis of altimetry data and complex radio data (e.g., VLBI, high-low and low-low satellite-to-satellite tracking) for orbit determination; Development of novel techniques for spacecraft instrument modeling, data reduction and analysis, and application of these techniques to develop value-added products (e.g., crustal thickness, crustal density, internal structure, and localized gravity representations); development of new flight mission concepts and mission proposals that would improve our knowledge of planetary topography and gravity fields.

    Research work will include exploring and defining complex problems, analyzing data, interpreting results, and disseminating science results through publication in technical reports, requirements documents, or professional papers, invited talks and seminars, and presentations at scientific conferences.

    You will also be responsible for developing successful research proposals in response to NASA solicitations. The work also includes leadership roles in the development of new mission concepts and proposals for next generation space geodetic missions, including satellite gravity and altimetry missions for Solar System bodies. Responsibilities include significant contributions to the definition of mission science objectives, instrumentation and data analysis.

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    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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