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Research Scientist, Psyche Magnetometer Investigation
Job Number: 14836
Functional Area: Research - Scientific
Department: Earth, Atmospheric &  Planetary Sciences
School Area: Science
Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Earth and Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assume a position associated with NASA’s Psyche spacecraft mission, whose goal is to explore the asteroid (16) Psyche, the largest known metallic body in the solar system. Will play a central role in the Psyche Magnetometer investigation by defining science requirements and working with engineers to implement these requirements into the instrument and spacecraft design. The Psyche Magnetometer is a dual fluxgate gradiometer whose central science goal is to search for remanent magnetic fields around the asteroid.  

Further information is available via the EAPS website ( and the mission’s web pages ( and

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in planetary science, space physics, paleomagnetism, or related field. Must have experience in at least several of the following areas: magnetism, potential fields, data acquisition and processing, electronics, magnetic materials, and/or planetary magnetism.  Job #14836

Additional information about the position is available from Prof. Benjamin Weiss, Lead, Psyche Magnetometer Investigation, Professor of Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at  

Application material should include a single PDF document that includes a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references.  The deadline is August 30, 2017.  

This is a one-year position with the possibility of reappointment for several additional years.  


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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