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Asst Research Scientist/Engin - Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa

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Job Description:

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa has an opening for a full-time Assistant Research Scientist. The Assistant Research Scientist will be expected to carry out research on spacecraft data, primarily from the NASA Juno mission but also on NASA research grants possibly involving data from other planetary missions. Basic duties will be to conduct highly technical and specialized scientific research on the detailed plasma physics of electromagnetic field and particle data in planetary magnetospheres. This will include theoretical and data analysis investigations, disseminating research findings, and independently securing external funding. This is a two-year specified term position with the possibility of extension.
Key Duties Include:
• Develop hypotheses to be tested.
• Participate in acquisition and quality verification of Juno wave data.
• Develop and utilize advanced data analysis techniques.
• Write software for data acquisition and data analysis.
• Prepare and submit first author manuscripts for publication.
• Contribute to research proposals and funding agency reports.
• Seek leadership opportunities appropriate to the scientific discipline, which may include serving on proposal review panels and organizing special sessions at conferences.

Education Required: PH.D. in Physics

Required Qualifications:
• Minimum of 1-year postdoctoral experience in space physics.
• Demonstrated working proficiency analyzing and interpreting data including ability to program complex codes in Matlab, application and use of Autoplot, and in-depth knowledge of the use of SPICE kernels.
• Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks.

Desired Qualifications:

• Demonstrated ability to interpret wave, particle, and planetary magnetic field measurements to understand the electromagnetic interactions between a planet and its rings, satellites, and magnetosphere.
• Understanding of various data formats archived in the Planetary Data System and ability to use these in data analysis.
• Experience in the physics of planetary magnetospheres and the influence of the solar wind; satellites, including those serving as plasma sources; and rings.
• Demonstrated ability to raise external funding.
• Demonstrated leadership roles in the scientific community.

Application Details:
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "relevant file" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Asst Research Scientist/Engin
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Pay Level: 5A
Contact Information
  • Organization: College of Liberal Arts
  • Contact Name: Karli Kirsch
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