The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow – Space Plasma Physics. The position will support the research in inner magnetospheric physics by the Tu group, with a particular emphasis on studying and modeling the dynamics of energetic particles. Incumbent will work on a research project that includes both numerical modeling and data analysis.
Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under general supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Perform numerical modeling on the dynamics of energetic particles in Earth's inner magnetosphere.
- Analyze field and particle measurements of inner magnetosphere for both model inputs and comparison with simulation results.
- Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings.
- Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources.
- Assist with development of novel research proposals for sponsor submission.
- Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research funds.
- Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals.
- Oversee research facilities and personnel
- Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.
- Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of research.
- Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.
- Prepare results of research findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.
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- PhD in Physics, Space Physics, Plasma Physics, or related discipline.
- Two (2) years previous research experience in space plasma physics (preferred: inner magnetospheric physics, data assimilation, or machine learning)
- Expertise in scientific programming, preferably in FORTRAN and/or C.
- Demonstrated ability to pursue independent research.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Skilled at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.