This opening is for a NASA Postdoctoral Management fellowship with NExSS (Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science). NExSS is an interdisciplinary research network. Experts in Earth Science, Planetary Science, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics participate in NExSS. The main goal of NExSS is to apply a “systems science” perspective to the study of exoplanets, so we can study their diversity, histories, and habitability. Teams extrapolate our knowledge of Earth as a planet and the examples provided by the Sun and planets in our Solar System to better understand exoplanets, and vice versa. As a coordinated network, NExSS fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative work and facilitates access to diverse skill sets and a broad knowledge base.

This position will be split equally between research and policy/management work. The research will be composed of an independent research project led by the postdoctoral fellow, that leverages the NExSS science community. The management work involves interfacing with the NExSS science community in the pursuit of strengthening and expanding that community. Efforts in this area could include: facilitating collaborations; coordinating webinars, workshops, and other virtual meetings; leading or organizing the writing of white papers; improving communication both within and beyond the network, and contributing to the strategies for pursuing the above goals.

The successful candidate will join the NExSS management team. This management team is led by two co-directors, Victoria Meadows (University of Washington) and Dawn Gelino (NExScI/Caltech/JPL). They work with two program managers, Mary Voytek (NASA HQ) and Doug Hudgins (NASA HQ); and a program facilitator, Shawn Domagal-Goldman (NASAGSFC), to enact programs that strengthen the exoplanet and astrobiology communities. Shawn Domagal-Goldman will serve as the NPMP’s host at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. We seek creative individuals with leadership skills and a deep interest in strategic planning and collaborative research.

Please see the NPP website for more information. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2020.