Research Space Scientist Assistant Planetary Studies Job in GREENBELT, MD

Vacancy No. GS17D0101 Department Goddard Space Flight Center
Salary $94,796.00 to $123,234.00 Grade 13 to
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/11/2017 Close Date 1/25/2017
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Research Space Scientist, AST, Planetary Studies

Goddard Space Flight Center

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Greenbelt, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 1/11/2017

Closes Wednesday 1/25/2017

  • Salary Range
    $94,796.00 to $123,234.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Promotion Potential
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.
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Job Overview

Job Overview


About the Agency

The Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Systems Laboratory (Code 693) is seeking a skilled scientist to provide expertise in research on small bodies in the solar system including asteroids, Trojans, Near Earth Objects (NEO), Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO), and comets.


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As a Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary Studies, you will conduct research focused on the characterization of small solar system bodies including NEOs, Main Belt asteroids, Trojans, Centaurs, transneptunian objects, comets, and planetary satellites. Research will involve observations using ground-based and space-based telescopes (i.e. HST, Spitzer), as well as the application of taxonomic and/or spectroscopic models of small-body surfaces to aid interpretation. Research results will be disseminated through a publication in scientific/technical journals and presentations at conferences, colloquia and lectures.

Work will include development of new methodologies for the reduction and analysis of observations of small bodies, including data reduction pipelines and spectral retrieval algorithms. You will also perform simulations of the observational capabilities of future NASA telescopes such as JWST, WFIRST and post-WFIRST observatories for the characterization of small bodies, and will aid in defining the science requirements and determining the science capabilities of these future observatories.

You will provide input for future GSFC research and mission planning, both within the Solar System Division as well as across the Science Mission Directorate. Coordinate with others in the field of small body observations and modeling to address science questions about the formation, evolution and composition of small bodies. Serve as a team member on projects that may include current projects, such as the OSIRIS-REx mission, and as Principal Investigator (Institutional PI or Co-PI) and/or co-I role on research proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) grants.

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