The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory (Code 698) is seeking a scientist to conduct research into the dynamics of Ocean Worlds and Icy Worlds in our and other solar systems.Learn more about this agency
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As a Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary studies, you will be performing research engaged in professional scientific work which is systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward discovering, disseminating, and applying new or expanded knowledge in a geophysical discipline related to the surface and interior of the Earth, Moon, planets and small bodies in the solar system. You will independently formulate research plans and hypotheses, and develop novel or complex research approaches for studies of long-term equilibrium dynamics for tidally active ocean worlds (Enceladus, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, and Titan) as well as potential ocean worlds (e.g., Triton, Pluto, Charon, Ceres), developing implications for habitable environments on these planets. You will develop and leadsa comparative planetology approach to link ocean world research to broader research on other planetary bodies such as the Moon, Io, exoplanets, and Early Earth.
You will conceive, plan, direct and coordinate research that represents a systematic attack on problems recognized as exceptionally difficult and unyielding to investigation. You will independently conceive, design and propose for research support to address problems of broad scope and complexity requiring subdivision into separate phases; analyze data and interpret results. Science research results will be disseminated through publication 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 complex approaches for conducting science investigations of ocean worlds and planetary bodies where geophysical processes can be linked to ocean worlds. You will provide significant contributions for current and future mission development, operations, and subsequent data analysis. You will develop unique, new or improved techniques that constitute a major advance in the ability to extract geophysical information from exo-solar planet observations and provide innovative solutions to complex geophysical issues and studies, opening significant new avenues for future observations and analysis.
You will serve as a subject matter expert and consultant on projects and programs of particular interest to the Center. Provide advice to senior Center and Agency management on future spacecraft missions and serves on mission teams as appropriate.
You will provide expert technical advice to other researchers and technical staff both within and outside of the organization in areas such as geophysical processes on ocean worlds.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
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