Senior Scientist, Space Plasma Physics

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


Not Specified years

Posted 48 days ago


The Space Plasma Physics Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a Senior Scientist to conduct basic scientific research in heliophysics, develop space instrumentation, manage and design planetary and heliophysics missions, including the a role on the Project Science Team for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission.

The APL Space Physics Group has a broad and active basic research program that includes data analysis, theory and modeling studies of the Earth's magnetosphere and Sun-Earth connections, of other planetary magnetospheres, and of Heliospheric and Solar Physics. It has significant development programs in space instrumentation and mission design. Currently, participation in active missions includes, among others, New Horizons, Geotail, ACE, Voyager 1 and 2, Van Allen Probes, Juno, MMS, and Solar Probe Plus. Approved future missions include the 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 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.

Job Summary:

The Senior Scientist will 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 IMAP Project Science team.


The IMAP Project Science Team duties include:

  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.



Required Qualifications:

  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