Senior Scientist, Solar and Space Plasma Physics

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Space Science
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SES - Space Exploration Sector

Do you have a passion for Solar and Space Plasma Physics research?

If so, you may be a fit for APL.

The Space Plasma Physics Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a Senior Scientist to conduct basic scientific research in solar and space physics and develop new instrumentation for heliophysics and planetary missions. 

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 modeling and theory efforts to advance physical understanding and maximize the science return from new and existing space physics data sets.


As a Senior Scientist, you will...

  • Focus on advancing our understanding of the solar wind heating acceleration and energetic particle dynamics using in situ and remote observations including new data from the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission.
  • Participate and lead new space instrument development programs, as well as team with SES staff to develop novel concepts for future heliophysics and planetary mission opportunities.

You meet our minimum qualifications if you have... 

  1. A PhD in physics or a related field.
  2. In-depth knowledge of space plasma physics including the heating and acceleration of the solar wind, and acceleration, transport and loss mechanisms of energetic particles. 
  3. Expertise in modeling, data analysis, and scientific interpretation space plasma physics data.
  4. Expertise in the development and writing of proposals for spaceflight instruments and missions.
  5. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding for space-based instrumentation and data analysis projects.
  6. Demonstrated and effective communication skills.

You will go above and beyond our minium qualifications if you have...

  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. 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 www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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