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    Due to a system outage, this vacancy will be extended to November 6, 2017.

    The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory (Code 698) is seeking a research scientist to engage in professional scientific work which is systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward discovering, disseminating, and applying new or expanded knowledge in a geophysical discipline.

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    As Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary Studies, you will conduct research that isolates and defines unknown conditions, and resolve critical problems that have previously prevented advancement of scientific knowledge or theory related to the surface and interior of the Earth, Moon, planets and small bodies in the solar system.

    You will carry out analysis of planetary laser altimetry and radiometry data in areas such as characterization of planetary surface properties, instrument performance, and measurement accuracy for spaceflight altimeters. Develop innovative approaches to combine laser altimetry data with imaging stereo data. Develop, implement, plan, and analyze new operation modes for flight instruments, leveraging sophisticated modeling tools such as illumination modeling algorithms for data interpretation.

    You will conceive, plan, direct and coordinate research that represents a systematic attack on problems recognized as difficult and broad in application. Conceive, design and propose research support; analyze data and interpret results. Science results will be disseminated through publication of results in technical reports, requirements documents, or professional papers, invited talks and seminars, and presentations at scientific conferences.

    You will serve as the scientific lead for the development of new and advanced approaches to laser altimetry instrumentation and acquisition of surface topography for the planets, Moon, asteroids and satellites. Provide support of current and future mission development, operations, and subsequent data analysis. Develop unique, new or improved techniques that increase the ability to extract quantitative information from ranging and ancillary data acquired by laser altimeters and to provide innovative solutions to complex geophysical issues and studies.

    You will develop data protocols, data analysis, distribution and archiving plans as required in support of GSFC laser altimetry investigations.

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    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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