Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in solar spectroscopy and related experimental atomic physics. The successful candidate will join the group headed by Senior Research Scientist 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 spectroscopic data from satellites such as Hinode and SDO. The experimental work will be carried out using 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 group of Dr. Peter Beiersdorfer at LLNL. The appointment will be initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years; this is contingent upon the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Solar Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Plasma Physics, Applied Physics, or a related discipline. Experience desired includes solar physics, spectroscopic modeling and analysis, and/or experimental atomic physics. Experience in data reduction from current or past solar spectrometers is desirable. Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, IDL, Linux/Mac OS, and Windows OS. Desired laboratory skills include single particle detectors and the associated electronics, magnetically guided electron beams, understanding of accelerator physics, EUV and UV spectrometers, EBITs, and ultrahigh vacuum systems.
The applicant will have a strong background in at least some of the areas listed above, a proven research ability, and evidence of future research potential. They are expected to be able to work well independently and cooperatively with a team and to communicate the results of their research both orally and in writing. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are highly desirable. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Savin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and a statement of past research. In addition they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Dr. Savin. Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received. Applications can be submitted by mail to Dr. Daniel W. Savin, Columbia University, Astrophysics Laboratory, 1027 Pupin Hall, MC 5247, New York, NY 10027, or sent via email to email@example.com. Screening of applicants will begin on February 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
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