MUSE Research Associate

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
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Bay Area Environmental Research Institute
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The Multi-Slit Solar Explorer (MUSE) is a NASA medium class explorer mission planned for launch in 2027. Featuring a novel multi-slit design, the MUSE spectrograph will provide subarcsecond resolution, extreme ultraviolet spectra of the solar corona at up to 100x the cadence of existing spectrographs. The data acquisition method calls for innovative approaches to scientific analysis and compute.

We seek a research associate / postdoctoral fellow to join the MUSE science team. The successful candidate will be hosted at Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, CA, USA, and be an employee of the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI). The salary range is $80-100K, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a 403b defined contribution plan for which employer contributes 10% of gross salary, eligibility for participation in 403b tax-deferred annuity plan, 11 paid holidays, and19 days of vacation per year. Relocation assistance may be available depending on need. The position is initially for 2 years, but can be extended to 3 years or more.

The successful candidate will:
- Develop, test and validate spectral inversion techniques with uncertainty quantification,
- Assist with developing parallelized scientific compute workflows scalable across multiple processors and machines, and
- Perform scientific analyses on radiative MHD simulations, including with synthesized MUSE observables.
In this role, the successful candidate will be provided support to attend cross-disciplinary conferences (eg CVPR, NeurIPS, ML Helio) and solar physics conferences to present their work, and to be trained.

The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrated experience in contributing to the development of Python modules, and
- Familiarity with inverse problems (in particular, compressed sensing).

Desired, but not required experience for this position includes:
- Experience with building machine learning models using major frameworks (eg PyTorch, Tensorflow, JAX), or
- Experience with Bayesian inference, in particular using neural networks, or
- Familiarity with analyzing solar MHD spectra and/or 3D simulations.

To apply, submit a resume and a 1-2 page personal statement to: The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at [email protected] with the subject “BAER Institute, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab MUSE Research Associate”. Suitable candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For more information about the position, please write Dr. Mark Cheung ([email protected]).

The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer. The qualified applicant will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please let us know by sending a request to the Human Resources Office at [email protected].

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, August 29, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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