Dream Job

“It’s important to remind ourselves that we have the most glorious jobs in the world. We are all paid to figure out how the universe began and how it evolves. We’re paid to try to figure out how the night sky, full of galaxies and stars and planets, came to be. And we’re paid to try to find life elsewhere in the universe. What could be better than that?” 

–Paul Hertz, Director of Astrophysics Division

Gerald Eichstädt

Citizen Scientist / Freelance Mathematician and Software Developer

Aaron Parness


Konstantin Batygin

Associate Professor of Planetary Science

Anne "Annie" Marinan

Systems Engineer

Alice Wessen

Public Engagement Manager

Essam Heggy


Brian Day

Education and Public Outreach Lead

Amy Lovell


Catharine "Cassie" Conley

Planetary Protection Officer

Laurie Cantillo

Deputy Director, Communications & Education

Peter Jenniskens

Research Scientist

Steven Lee

Deputy Project Manager

Anne Kahle


Abi Rymer


Lynn Margulis (1938-2011)

Evolutionary Biologist

Hugo Andrés Durantini Luca

Citizen Scientist / Astronomy Student

Lynn Rothschild


Amy Simon

Planetary Scientist

Phil Christensen


Casey Lisse

Instrument Scientist

Bradley Doorn

Program Manager

Jeffrey Cuzzi

Research Scientist

Nagin Cox

Systems Engineer