Post-Doctoral Associate (Theoretical/Computational Studies in Plasma Physics)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Archive Date: 
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Maryland
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
4296 Stadium Drive
Street Line 2: 
PSC Building, Room 1113
College Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). The successful candidate will work on theoretical/computational studies of plasma physics, including magnetic reconnection in the Earth’s magnetosphere and shocks, by means of 3D particle-in-cell simulations, in collaboration with Dr. Naoki Bessho, Dr. Shan Wang, and Dr. Li-Jen Chen. Opportunities to analyze data from NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will be provided. The position will start in January 2020 with an initial appointment for one year (renewal for a second year is subject to funding and satisfactory performance).

The successful candidate will be appointed at UMCP, but will conduct research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, MD (except for citizens from designated countries under NASA rules). Applications from US citizens, lawful permanent residents of the United States, and foreign nationals in an F1-OPT status (with an effective EAD card) will be accepted.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics, astronomy, or related fields
  • Experience in computational research on space plasma physics, or related fields

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in particle-in-cell simulations, parallel computing, and code development
  • Strong interest (or experience) in space data analysis

Applicants should send their applications electronically, including a cover letter, CV with a publication list, a summary of past research achievements, and contact information for two references. Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Naoki Bessho ( Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Post-Doctoral Associate Position