Job Opportunity: Experimental Petrologist – (AS0003PD)

NASA’s Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center. On Jacobs’ JETS contract we provide engineering services to JSC. Come join us and be a vital part of operating the largest space station ever built. We’re looking for an Experimental Petrologist.

The Experimental Petrologist will support the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division (ARES) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the field of planetary science. ARES staff members’ backgrounds include geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. ARES scientists conduct fundamental planetary research and continue to be involved in the operation and collection/interpretation associated with planetary science research. ARES is also responsible for the curation and analysis of a wide range of solar system materials including the Apollo lunar samples, meteorites, cosmic dust/interplanetary dust particles, cometary samples, solar wind samples, and terrestrial analogs.

The selected candidate for this role will:

  • Conduct experiments that simulate planetary interiors, including core formation and mantle differentiation processes, and compare these experiments to mission acquired data.
  • Analyze experimental run products including major/minor/trace element, and isotopic compositions, as well as characterize mineral phases.
  • Summarize and communicate quantitative results.
  • Meticulously document procedures and results, and actively participate in safety programs.
  • Work with in-house, as well as visiting, researchers on all aspects of experimentation and analysis.
  • Actively develop new experimental techniques and lead innovation projects.
  • Perform other duties as required.

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