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Postdoc Position to Study the General Interactions Between the Hydrosphere and Solid Earth
Pasadena, California, USA
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

A postdoctoral research position is available at the JPL, to study the general interactions between the hydrosphere and solid Earth. Quantifying climate-driven surface mass transport and the associated response of the solid Earth is critical to enhancing science interpretability and utility of satellite gravimetry, altimetry, and interferometry data, including those measured by NASA’s GRACE/-FO, NISAR, and SWOT missions. In particular, the GRACE/-FO missions ( have been immensely successful in measuring Earth’s surface (ice/water) mass redistribution. As the satellite gravimetry extends into its 3rd decade, further developments and refinements are needed to accurately discern and resolve signals and processes such as (1) hydrological signals in 3-D crustal motion toward an improved interpretation of future NISAR data, and (2) sea-level fingerprints in the near field of mass loss hotspots (e.g., Greenland glaciers) towards an improved interpretation of tide gauge and future SWOT mission data.

For this work, we seek an enthusiastic candidate who can tackle these and related high-priority science questions and address them by combining satellite remote sensing data, in-situ data, and numerical models. The successful candidate will be encouraged to use JPL’s Ice-sheet and Sea-level System Model (ISSM; to compute high-resolution solid Earth responses to the applied surface forcing.

The appointee will be co-advised by Dr. Felix Landerer and Dr. Surendra Adhikari and will be encouraged to collaborate with members of JPL’s Sea-level and Ice and the Earth Surface and Interior groups.

If you have further questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Adhikari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.


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