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Post Doctoral Fellow - Magnetospheric Physics
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted October 22, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Post Doctoral Fellow - Magnetospheric Physics-22294 


Position Description

We are seeking a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Particles & Planetary Section. The Particles & Planetary Section research aims to understand the dynamics of planetary magnetospheres through novel instrument development, advanced modeling, and innovative data analysis methods. To this end, the Section conducts cutting-edge research in magnetospheric physics, with particular expertise in the dynamics of charged particles and energetic neutrals. The Section members possess considerable experience in advanced data analytics, modeling, instrument development, systems engineering, and project management. The Section scientists play science leadership roles in several ongoing and future space missions, including MMS, Juno, Cassini, JUICE, Europa Clipper, and IMAP.


The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in research of magnetospheric energetic particle dynamics using data primarily from the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, presenting and publishing the research findings at international conferences and in the peer-reviewed journals, as well as participating and leading NASA and NSF grant proposals.



As a Post Doctoral Fellow you will:






  1. Analyze and interpret data regarding the physics of planetary magnetospheres using particle and other data from orbiting spacecraft, present findings at scientific conferences and write scientific articles. Initially the focus will be on data from the MMS mission at Earth.
  2. Participate in particle instrument operations during the science phases of spacecraft missions in the area of science planning, science planning trade studies, data processing oversight, and data display and tool development. Initially, the focus will be on the MMS mission.
  3. Lead and/or assist with grant and project proposals to NASA and other funding agencies.
  4. Participate with the development of space physics instrumentation (with an initial preference for those that measure charged particles) and eventually take the lead on developments of his/her own.



You meet our minimum qualifications if you have...

  • A PhD in Physics (or a related field) with research background applicable to space physics; or the demonstrated equivalent experience
  • Published first author scientific papers in a peer-reviewed journal and contributed to other scientific articles, must have a demonstrated ability to give quality scientific presentations, and demonstrated the skills necessary to write quality papers and grant proposals.


You will go above and beyond our qualifications if you have...

  • An in-depth knowledge of space plasma physics including acceleration transport and loss mechanisms of energetic and suprathermal particles in planetary magnetospheres. 
  • A working knowledge of data display and analysis packages comparable to IDL (preferred), Python, Matlab, or equivalent.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the workings of space particle instruments, and ability to analyze their performances with computer algorithms and other tools.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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