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Postdoctoral Scholar - Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
Date Posted September 18, 2020
Postdoctoral-Earth Science
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position to work with the SuperDARN radar network. SuperDARN is an international network of HF radars used for space physics research. The position requires Ph. D. in physics, electrical engineering, or a related field, a background in data analysis, and will require travel to the radar sites including those in Antarctica. Preference will be given to applicants with experimental experience in radio or radar systems, and background in magnetospheric physics or ionospheric/thermospheric physics.


The department operates the SuperDARN radars on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Adak, Alaska, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and South Pole Station, Antarctica. We seek an energetic individual to carry out research using observations from the network. In addition the successful candidate will take part in ongoing hardware and software developments for the radar systems, would be expected to assist with the day-to-day operation of the radars including development of new modes of operation, and assist users of SuperDARN data. It is expected that the successful candidate will work on projects in collaboration with the group but will work toward developing an independent program of research in space physics, aeronomy, or radio science.


Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, statement of research expertise and interests, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, but with the possibility to extend the appointment for a second year based upon mutual satisfaction and continued funding. Review of applications will begin immediately.


The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace.


State College is a vibrant college community within the Appalachian Mountains and is within 3-5 hours driving of major east coast cities.



Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .


Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


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