Job Opportunities: Postdoctoral Researchers in Planetary Magnetospheric Physics

Applications are now being accepted for two or more postdoctoral scientists to work with the Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory’s magnetometer group at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The position is funded through the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II.

Position 1: The postdoctoral researcher(s) will work for either the Juno or MAVEN projects with the primary responsibility of conducting analysis and publishing the magnetometer results. In addition, each candidate will assist with the magnetometer data validation and calibration.

Position 2: The data scientist’s primary responsibility will be to develop a data production pipeline. This involves taking raw magnetometer data, applying the appropriate transformations and calibrations, and producing the final public data products. The data scientist is encouraged to pursue their own research interest.

Candidates for this position should have earned a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, planetary science, space physics, geosciences, or related fields. Successful candidates should also have expertise with one or more programming languages commonly used in space science including Python, IDL, MATLAB, and/or FORTRAN. A demonstrated track record in analyzing spaceflight data, especially magnetometer data and experience with the NAIF SPICE software package is highly desired. Funding for this position will be for one year, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability.

Each applicant should send a Curriculum Vita, list of publications, statement of interest, and contact information for three references to katherine.s.mckee@nasa.gov.

The positions received by April 30, 2020 will receive the best consideration. Start date by September 1, 2020 is preferred; later start dates may be negotiated. Technical questions should be directed to Dr. Ron Oliversen (ronald.j.oliversen@nasa.gov). For information on CRESST II contact Katherine McKee.

The full job posting can be found at the following link: https://cresst2.umd.edu/opportunities/researchopp.html