Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Post-doctoral Researcher to undertake interdisciplinary planetary science research as part of the Space Exploration Sector's Planetary Exploration Group.

Job Summary: The successful candidate will engage in research on the thermal and physical properties of the lunar regolith and polar regions. Working with scientists on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the candidate will analyze data from the Diviner and Mini-RF instruments. These data will be compared to other relevant data sets. A model will be developed to interpret the results with respect to the distribution and stability of volatiles in the lunar polar regions. A candidate who has experience in both remote sensing data analysis and computational modeling is especially desired.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

Supporting the Diviner and Mini-RF science investigations, including participating in team meetings, conducting research, publishing results, and presenting the results at one or more professional conference yearly. (75%)

Developing a thermal model of volatile stability in lunar regolith, including conducting research, publishing the results, and presenting the results at least one professional conference yearly. (25%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in geology, planetary science, or applicable science or engineering field
  • A strong record of successful publication of research results
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively on two or more projects

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Mini-RF or Diviner data sets
  • Publication record indicating expertise in remote sensing, computational modeling, or interaction of volatiles with surfaces

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Occasional travel to professional conferences.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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