We are seeking an early career scientist in the Solar Section of the Space Physics Group. The Solar Section research aims to understand the dynamics of the coronal and solar wind plasmas through novel instrument development, advanced modeling, and innovative data analysis methods. To this end, the Section conducts ground breaking research in solar and space physics, with particular expertise in solar and coronal activity, solar wind phenomena, and space weather. 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 operating and in-development space missions, including Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter, STEREO, and Sunrise-III.
The successful candidate will be involved in research on plasma heating and acceleration using data from the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) and ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter (SO) missions, presenting and publishing the research findings at national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, as well as participating and/or leading NASA and NSF grant proposals.
For further details please contact Nour E. Raouafi (Nour.Raouafi@jhuapl.edu) or Angelos Vourlidas (Angelos.Vourlidas@jhuapl.edu).
The research position focuses on data analysis to investigate plasma dynamics in the corona and the solar wind, potentially including heating, acceleration, and transport processes. The successful candidate will work primarily with data from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter missions in partnership with Solar Section staff with expertise in plasma dynamics and data analysis. The applicant is expected to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific conferences, as well as team with SRP staff to pursue external support for continued research relating to past, ongoing, and future
As a Scientist, you will...
1. Analyze and interpret data regarding the physics of the corona and inner heliosphere using data from orbiting spacecraft, present findings at scientific conferences and write scientific articles. Initially the focus will be on data from the PSP and Solar Orbiter missions.
2. Lead and/or assist with grant and project proposals to NASA and other funding agencies.
3. Participate with the development of space physics instrumentation and eventually take the lead on developments of his/her own.
You meet our minimum requirements if you have...
A PhD in Physics (or a related field) with research background applicable to space or solar 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 minimum qualifications if you have....
In-depth knowledge of space plasma physics including particle heating, and energization in the solar atmosphere and the solar wind.
A working knowledge of data display and analysis packages comparable to IDL, Python, Matlab, Fortran, or equivalent.
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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