Scientist, Climate, Ocean, and Solid Earth Science
Jet Propulsion Laboratory 52 reviews - United States

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Will be a member of the Climate, Oceans & Solid Earth Science Section and will report to the Group Supervisor of the Solid Earth Group. Work independently to conceive, plan, and conduct fundamental research in solid Earth sciences that have immediate implications for natural hazards, surface and interior processes. Conduct individual and collaborative research using airborne and space-borne sensing data for studying active time-dependent deformation of earthquake faults, crustal subsidence/inflation due to deep seated fluid motions, and observe and interpret coastal subsidence or uplift. The successful candidate will interact with the science and engineering staff at JPL for enhancing and promoting the implementation of the Decadal Survey Mission, DESDynI. The researcher will be actively engaged in publishing science results in high impact peer-reviewed journals and writing proposals both as PI and Co-I. Develop a long-term research strategy for obtaining external funding and lending support for NASA’s science goals in solid Earth change and toward understanding the underlying processes causing such change. Over the next decade, the candidate will be expected to formulate cutting edge science paradigms using multidisciplinary data sets in the study of solid Earth deformation and observing systems.

  • Identifies scientific questions and issues, and applies theoretical principles, creative/analytical techniques and scientific methods to their solution. Conceives, plans, and conducts Research and Development efforts involving theoretical, observational, and experimental study. Publishes or contributes to publications in refereed scientific journals, and presents papers at scientific conferences. Writes or contributes to proposals to support research and missions to achieve scientific goals. Pursues new mission and/or instrument opportunities through advocacy and outreach within the scientific and stakeholder community. Remains abreast of and consults on all applicable scientific advancements.
  • Identifies scientific problems, and applies theoretical principles and scientific methods to their solution.
  • Applies scientific analysis to align research approach to the objectives of the project.
  • Develops, evaluates and optimizes highly complex research devices, techniques and systems.
  • Performs complex and wide-ranging job functions and activities across disciplines.
  • Works independently on key projects and assignments with only limited direction, typically receiving few or no instructions.
  • Work is evaluated upon completion to ensure objectives and institutional goals have been met.
  • Actions and decisions will have a significant positive impact on a multifunctional organization due to creation of new business opportunities, mission success, technology breakthroughs, and improvements in processes or methods.
  • Regular use of creativity and innovation to address critical issues.
  • Analysis of situation or data requires identification, review and interpretation of highly complex factors as well as decisions as to policies, procedures and practices.
  • Exercises discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to critical problems and determining appropriate resolutions.
  • Interactions normally involve presenting, validating and analyzing complex information.
  • Initiates interaction with colleagues or functional partners outside own organization on a frequent basis.
  • Frequent interaction with industry partners and other NASA centers.
  • Serves as an essential team member on teams inside or outside organization, project, activity or function.

Required Skills:
  • PhD degree in Geological Sciences, Earth Science or related field/technical discipline with a minimum of 2 years of related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: remote sensing of volcanic hazards and glacier change with broad familiarity with spaceborne radar methods.
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Solid Earth Geophysics.
  • Professional reputation as a productive researcher and recognized authority in one or (preferably) more areas of Solid Earth or Planetary science, with a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and/or international conferences.
  • Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ingenuity and creativity in Solid Earth Science.
Desired Skills:
  • Experience with observations and interpretation of volcanoes, glacier change, coastal subsidence, earthquake faulting, and other solid Earth deformations related to tectonics and/or climate change.
  • Interest in participating and directing efforts for ongoing and future missions related to radar interferometry at an advanced level using data from various international radar satellite missions, such as RADARSAT I and II, ALOS-PALSAR, Envisat.
  • Eagerness to lead and work with scientists from JPL and universities in a flight project environment.
  • Experience in satellite data processing.
  • Strong record of externally-funded research through successful proposals.
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
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The purpose of the mission, which is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is to flight-test new...