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Senior Scientist, Heliophysics
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted January 22, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Senior Scientist, Heliophysics-23040 


Position Description

Do you have a passion for heliophysics research?


If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team as a Senior Scientist to conduct basic scientific research in heliophysics, develop space instrumentation, manage and design planetary and heliophysics missions, including the role of Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Deputy Project Scientist (DPS).       


The APL Space Physics Group has a broad and active basic research program that includes data analysis, theory and modeling studies of the Sun and the heliosphere, Sun-Earth connections, and Earth and planetary magnetospheres. It has significant development programs in space instrumentation in active and future space missions including Parker Solar Probe, STEREO, ACE, Voyager 1 and 2, IMAP, New Horizons, Geotail, Juno, MMS, JUICE, Europa Clipper and Solar Orbiter. In addition, the group fosters high-end numerical simulation and modeling efforts to enable rigorous comparisons of observations with theory. The Space Physics Group seeks to apply advances in modeling and simulation capabilities afforded by increased computational power to maximize the advance in scientific understanding obtained from new and existing space physics data sets.


Your primary responsibility will be to lead and participate in basic space plasma physics research, space instrumentation development, and mission management and design. In particular, the successful candidate will join the leadership of the Parker Solar Probe Project Science team in the capacity of the Deputy Project Scientist. 


As the PSP Deputy Project Scientist you will...


1. Engage with the broad national and international scientific communities regarding the Mission to advocate for the science and develop the community support.

2. Oversee the development of measurement and science requirements of multiple investigations.

3. Participate in Mission engineering meetings, discussions, and reviews regarding any issues that can affect the science performance of the mission and/or affect the measurement performance of any instruments.

4. Develop tools and models for the analysis of scientific performance of the combined instrument suite. Perform various science, measurement, and mission capability trade studies to optimize the achievement of the science and measurement objectives.

5. Represent mission science at key meetings and reviews. Develop and give presentations at some of these meetings.

6. Participate in Education and Public Outreach activities. 




You meet our minimum qualifications if you have...


1. A PhD in physics or a related field.

2. Expertise in modeling, data analysis, and scientific interpretation space plasma physics data.

3. Expertise in the development and writing of proposals for spaceflight instruments and missions.

4. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding for space-based instrumentation and data analysis projects.

5. Demonstrated and effective communication skills.


Desired Qualifications:

1. Experience in the design, building, modeling, and laboratory testing of space instrumentation

2. Demonstrated and effective leadership and management skills. 


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. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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