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Requisition # 2947

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Monday, February 19th, 2018
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Physics & Astronomy


Salary:$50,000.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in space plasma physics to conduct research on the Martian ionosphere and its interaction with the solar wind using the MARSIS ionospheric radar on the Mars Express spacecraft.  The primary emphasis of this research is to carry out collaborative investigations with the MAVEN spacecraft which is also conducting ionospheric and solar wind interaction studies in orbit around Mars.



  • Works independently on research using data from the NASA-funded Mars Express Ionospheric Radar Sounder and Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Projects at the University of Iowa, with oversight from Professors Don Gurnett and Jasper Halekas.

  • Develops detailed knowledge of the Mars Express ionospheric radar sounding instrumentation and data analysis procedures.

  • Writes software for data analysis.

  • Develops and utilizes advanced data analysis techniques.

  • Develops physical interpretations of the analysis results.

  • Organizes methods and procedures for analyzing ionospheric data from the Mars Express ionospheric radar sounder.

  • Conducts collaborative research with other ionospheric-related investigations on the MAVEN spacecraft.

  • Presents results of this research at scientific meetings.

  • Prepares and submits first author manuscripts in appropriate scientific journals, and demonstrates a good publication record.

  • Serves as a referee for manuscripts submitted for publication in scientific journals.




Education Requirement:

Education Required: PhD in Physics or Space Physics.

Required Qualifications:

Demonstrates extensive proficiency in written and verbal communication skills. 

Desirable Qualifications:

Highly desirable that the applicant knows how to process and interpret the data from ionospheric radar sounders and plasma instruments.

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest

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Contact Information

Contact:Christine L Stevens -
Clas-Clas Administration
Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street
214 VAN
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-1690
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