Research Space Scientist Assistant Planetary Studies Job in GREENBELT, MD

Vacancy No. Department Goddard Space Flight Center
Salary $96,970.00 to $126,062.00 Grade 13 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/10/2018 Close Date 1/26/2018
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  • Open & closing dates

    01/10/2018 to 01/26/2018

  • Salary

    $96,970 to $126,062 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 13

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

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    The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Planetary Environments Laboratory (Code 699) is seeking a scientist that will conduct research with a focus on inferences and evaluation on the habitability and climates of planets within and beyond the solar system. The work will involve conceiving, designing, and carrying out a range of climate modeling studies to explore the limits of habitability for a diversity of planetary and stellar properties.

    As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

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    As Research Space Scientist, specializing in Planetary Studies, you will: Conduct climate studies focused on the habitability of planets in and beyond the solar system, through the application of a variety of simulation tools, including 1-D and 3-D climate models.

    Conduct simulations of the climates of planets both within and beyond the solar system, for systems with a variety of planetary and stellar properties. Use model results to define the limits of the habitable zone and identify other classes of planets.

    Integrate the output of planetary climate models to inform mission design, mission planning and operational activities. Leverage work to inform studies of extrasolar planets and their emerging characteristics as they are revealed by past, current, and future observations, such as those from James Webb Space Telescope and other space- and Earth-based observatories.

    Coordinate modeling, interpretation, and integration of complex datasets to produce a sustained publication record reflective of the broad scientific program implemented by the incumbent. Submit proposals for funding of this work led by the incumbent and involving integrated teams. Attend and present work at conferences, departmental colloquia, and public lectures.

    Serve as a resident expert on climate models relevant to planetary habitability. Contribute in a lead role in the organization of community-facing exoplanetary and habitability projects, including inter-model comparisons and organization of interdisciplinary workshops. Coordinate with other leaders in the field of planetary and exoplanetary climate modeling to address high priority science questions related to the search for life in the universe.

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    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals

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