NASA Funded Postdoctoral Position in Heliospheric Physics at the University of Alabama at Huntsville
University of Alabama at Huntsville
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Salary: $52,216 - $55,000
Astronomy and Space Science
The NASA funded SHIELD DRIVE Center (https://sites.bu.edu/shield-drive/) is a five-year multi-institution effort to define, quantify, and implement all relevant physical processes needed to develop and validate a “digital twin” of the heliosphere. SHIELD is a multi-institution collaboration with researchers at BU, UAH, SWRI, Univ. of Michigan, JHU/APL, Univ. of Maryland, Univ. of Arizona, as well as international partners. The SHIELD institutions regularly collaborate remotely and meet at an annual workshop in person. Early career team members have significant opportunities to network with collaborators from other institutions, collaborate with diverse research efforts, and observational missions (IBEX/IMAP, Voyager, New Horizons), and interact with NASA management. The postdoctoral researcher will develop and execute computational tools to model the physical processes in the solar system and beyond. They will use these tools to model the transport of energetic particles, including Pickup Ions (PUI’s) and Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR’s), and their interaction with the Interstellar Medium (ISM) in and around the heliosphere, and to better understand the connection between the Sun and its surroundings. The successful candidate will work with the "Heliosphere Interaction with the LISM" team at both UAH and JHU/APL and collaborate with the broader team, including the “Code Coupling” team at University of Michigan to integrate these computer models with the Global Heliosphere model. As a team member, the successful candidate will gain insight into the entire field of the outer heliosphere, while contributing to our understanding of this important region of the Sun’s influence.
Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, Space Science, Plasma Physics, or a related field, intermediate level knowledge of plasma physics and experience of computational methods. Experience with object-oriented programming languages is also required. Knowledge of computational methods for fluid dynamics, plasma kinetics, stochastic processes, or similar subjects, expertise in the C/C++ programming familiarity with Unix/Linux OS, and experience with high performance computing are desirable. Interested candidates should apply here: https://bit.ly/SHIELD-Postdoc-UAH. For additional information, please contact Vladimir Florinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SHIELD team will have a significant presence at AGU and would be happy to speak with you about this opportunity.
The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) at UAH is dedicated to fostering excellence in research and graduate education in the field of space science, from the furthest reaches of the universe to the boundaries of the heliosphere, to our Sun and the geospace environment.
CSPAR explores the role plasmas play in the universe and galaxy, stars, in space, and in planetary atmospheres. We used advanced theory, modeling and computation, observations and experiments to explore topics as diverse as cosmic and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, the physics of the solar wind, the local interstellar medium, solar physics, and energetic particles. CSPAR has instrument development programs for both space-based and in-situ observations.
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