2024 - PhD Planetary Radar Postdoctoral Scientist with Security Clearance

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Jun 12, 2024
Jun 15, 2024
Safety / Security
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Description Do you love to analyze radar data and integrate remote sensing observations? Are you passionate about planetary science, space exploration, and planetary defense? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL! We are seeking a postdoctoral planetary scientist to develop radar remote sensing expertise. As a member of our team, you will work with the Europa Clipper, JUICE RIME, and LRO Mini-RF teams to plan for operations and analyze radar data. You will also work with existing staff to develop concepts for future exploration and further scientific endeavors. You will be joining a hardworking team of engineers and scientists who are highly collaborative. Our team is committed to diversity, we strive to foster an environment of inclusivity, and we value unique and creative solutions. As a Postdoctoral Fellow You will participate in a 2-year postdoctoral program, with possible extension to 3 years, in which you will grow your skills in research and expand your scientific expertise.
Your primary responsibility will be to work with spacecraft/instrument teams to build capability to collect and analyze planetary radar data.
You will work with other scientists and engineers to analyze remote sensing data of planets, moons, and small bodies in the solar system.
You will collaborate to lay the groundwork for future scientific research, radar experiments, and space mission concepts. Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Possess a PhD in planetary science, astronomy, physics, or math, or related field;
Are skilled in planetary geology, radar data collection and processing, and planetary radar data analysis, or ability to learn;
Have demonstrated leadership experience in the planetary community;
Are willing and able to occasionally travel for APL business and/or scientific meetings; and
Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you 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. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Have experience in various radar observing methods, including SAR and GPR;
Have experience working with and building radar systems; and
Have demonstrated commitment to advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at About Us APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact . Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.