Postdoctoral position in Experimental Plasma Physics for Solar Physics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Columbia University
Department Name: 
Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
Street Line 1: 
550 West 120th Street
City: 
New york
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal: 
10027
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position involving complementary studies in experimental plasma physics and solar physics. The objective of this project is to deepen our understanding of MHD wave damping processes relevant to the heating of the solar corona. This will be carried out through laboratory experiments and related coronal observations. Some key plasma physics processes to be studied include Alfven wave reflection, phase mixing, and dissipation. The successful candidate will join the group of Drs. Michael Hahn and Daniel Wolf Savin. The experimental work will be carried out using the Large Plasma Device (LAPD) located at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The work at LAPD will be performed in collaboration with Prof. Troy Carter, Dr. Steve Vincena, and the staff of the Basic Plasma Science Facility at UCLA. The position start date will be on or around January 01, 2020.

The successful candidate will be appointed and based at Columbia. There are plans for two one-week-long visits per year to UCLA to carry out experiments. 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. or equivalent degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Solar Physics, or a related discipline. Desired laboratory skills include experience with plasma diagnostics such as Langmuir and B-dot probes, RF antennas, associated electronics, ultra-high vacuum systems, and an understanding of basic plasma physics, especially plasma waves. Also desirable is familiarity with solar observational data, especially spectroscopy. Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, Fourier methods, LabView, IDL, the HDF data format, Linux/Mac OS and Windows OS.

The successful candidate 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 as well as 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.

Applications should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and statement of past research. In addition, applicants 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 via email to savin@astro.columbia.edu. Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.  The application deadline date is December 23, 2019. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin at savin@astro.columbia.edu

Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Included Benefits: 

Employee benefits will be those associated with Officers of Research at Columbia. For details you may refer to the link below.

http://www.hr.columbia.edu/hr/benefits/page-section.html

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 23, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 17, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Daniel Savin
Title: 
Sr. Research Scientist
Institution/Company: 
Columbia University
Department Name: 
Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
Street Line 1: 
550 West 120th Street
City: 
New york
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal Code: 
10027
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
2128544510
Email: 
savin@astro.columbia.edu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Daniel Savin
Subject: 
Postdoctoral Posiiton in Experimental Plasma
Email: 
savin@astro.columbia.edu