Scientist IV, Interstellar and Planetary Chemistry and Science

Job Summary

Scientific / Technical Staff
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology invites applications for a staff scientist position in the area of Interstellar and Planetary Chemistry and Science. You can learn more about Astrophysics and Planetary Science programs at JPL at the following site:

JPL is an exciting and fun place to work, with an established culture for collaborations and opportunities for developing new ideas and pursuits. We are committed to fostering an enriching and rewarding research environment with strong support and coaching for professional and personal development. How would you like to be part of a team that wants to make a difference within the universe?

We are seeking a staff scientist to work in the general area of the physical and chemical evolution of the interstellar medium (ISM), and in particular its connection with the formation of protostellar disks, planets, and their characteristics in the solar system and elsewhere. In view of the interest in questions such as the formation and processing of water in the ISM, its incorporation into protostellar and protoplanetary disks, and the origin of the Earth’s water, JPL anticipates a significant research program in this area, and desires to advance the capabilities we have been developing.

We require a Ph.D. in astrophysics, planetary science, or related discipline with typically a minimum of five years related experience. We will also consider promising scientists at an earlier stage.

Additional requirements include:

(1) have an international reputation,

(2) can lead major instrument proposals at millimeter through far-infrared wavelengths,

(3) will develop an observational program using existing and upcoming NASA facilities such as SOFIA and JWST, and

(4) have a record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications in astrophysics, planetary science, or related discipline.


For more information about the position or working at JPL and Pasadena in general, please contact the Section Manager of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Dr. Leonidas Moustakas, [email protected]; or the chair of the selection committee, Dr. Paul Goldsmith [email protected].

To view the details of this unique opportunity (including EEO statement and NASA requirements) and apply, please visit (Job ID 2018-9410). Complete applications will include a cover letter describing the applicant’s vision for their role at JPL in the field of evolution of the interstellar medium and planetary chemistry, a curriculum vita including a bibliography of refereed publications and other work, a statement on research experience and research objectives, and contact information for three professional references. Applications received by June 1, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

JPL offers a generous benefits package. 

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2018 Apr 24
Application Deadline
2018 Jun 01


Paul GoldSmith