Job Opportunity: Research Physical Scientist, AST-Solar Systems Analysis

This position will serve as a Research Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory of the Solar System Exploration Division in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


  • Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Develop and test spaceflight chromatographic separation and sample handling systems to satisfy demanding environments and requirements for planetary mission targets.
  • Develop and test prototype instruments to identify technical advancements necessary to optimize chromatography separation techniques (e.g., gas, liquid) for potential future planetary missions.
  • Integrate test results from chromatography developments with laboratory analog and field scientific efforts through collaborations within the Planetary Environments Laboratory.
  • Transfer design and operational constraints of separation techniques characterized in a laboratory setting to future mission investigations under development.
  • Contribute to or lead competitive proposals for research and development of instrumentation to further advance solar system exploration and technology development within the Planetary Environments Laboratory.
  • Lead or contribute to ongoing and future chromatography investigations within the Planetary Environments Laboratory through instrument requirements and design definition, instrument calibration and operation, and data processing.
  • Coordinate formulation, proposal, planning, development, integration, and testing of planetary flight instruments needed to achieve mission goals and within mission resources, combining scientific and instrument development requirements.

This job will open on February 9 and close on February 23. For more information, visit