Scientist in Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences

University of California Los Angeles Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Project Scientist in Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Job #JPF05507

Recruitment Period

Open May 11th, 2020 through Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Research Component

The Project Scientist will serve as Deputy Project Manager of the Planetary Plasma Interactions (PPI) Node of the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). In this role, he works as a data scientist, a position requiring expertise in both the space plasma physics and information technology. In particular, the Project Scientist will actively work on the design of metadata standards for planetary science data and on studies involving magnetic field observations from the planets. The Project Scientist will lead the data processing for the NASA Europa Clipper magnetic field investigation. The Project Scientist will lead the data processing for the magnetometer on the Mars INSIGHT mission.

Supervisory Component

The Project Scientist will direct the day-to-day activities of the PPI Data Engineers including oversight of the metadata design and the ingestion of data into PDS (see the team organization chart). The Project Scientist will represent the PPI Project Manager on the NASA PDS Management Council when the Project Manager is not available. The Project Scientist will serve on the NASA PDS Change Control Board (currently chair). The Project Scientist will serve as a representative to the International Planetary Data Alliance and the Planetary Subcommittee of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance.

The Project Scientist reports directly to the PPI Principal Investigator (Project Manager).

Creative Contributions

The Project Scientist will take the lead in developing long-term (6-year) plans for planetary data management. As noted above, the Project Scientist will be directly involved in creating new metadata standards for planetary data. The Project Scientist will lead the design of the data processing systems for magnetic field observations from forthcoming NASA missions. The Project Scientist will actively engage in the research with those data. The Project Scientist will provide scientific advice to NASA missions, PDS and PPI.

Please apply by June 10, 2020 by submitting your C.V., cover letter, diversity statement, and a statement of research interests and experience . Applications will be accepted via the UC Recruit website at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research Interests and Experience
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 0-3 required (contact information only)

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences