The Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in Solar Spectroscopy and related experimental atomic physics. The successful candidate will join the group headed by Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin. S/he will participate in a range of observational and experimental studies related to deepening our understanding of the solar corona and solar wind. The observational studies will use ultraviolet spectroscopic data from satellites such as Hinode and SOHO. The experimental work will be carried out at both the TSR heavy ion storage ring located at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg, Germany, and at the Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. The research is being carried out in collaboration with the groups of Prof. Dr. Andreas Wolf at MPIK, and Dr. Peter Beiersdorfer at LLNL. The position will be located at Columbia University. The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years; this is contingent upon the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
A Ph.D in Solar Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Plasma Physics, AppliedPhysics, or a related discipline is required. A strong background is required in at least one of the following areas: solar physics, spectroscopic modeling and analysis, and/or experimental atomic Physics and strong written and oral communication skills.
Experience in data reduction from current or past solar spectrometers is desirable. Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, IDL, Linux OS, and Windows/Mac OS. Desired laboratory skills include single particle detectors and the associated electronics, magnetically guided electron beams, understanding of accelerator and storage ring physics, EUV and UV spectrometers, EBITs, and/or ultrahigh vacuum systems.
A proven research ability, evidence of future research potential, and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with others is also desirable.
For further information about this project, please go to http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~savin.
Applicants should submit Curriculum vitae (which include a list of publications), a statement of Research, and three letters of recommendations.
Review of Applications will begin January 15, 2012 and will continue until position is filled.
Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Savin at email@example.com.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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