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Post-Doctoral Position: Space Plasma Physics at Saturn

Position
Post-Doctoral Position: Space Plasma Physics at Saturn

Employer
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Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the diverse, and thriving metropolis of Atlanta, is consistently a top ranked educational and research institution. Georgia Tech prides itself on its engineering resources, collaborations, its quantitative and rigorous undergraduate student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Homepage: http://svensimon.gatech.edu


Location
Atlanta, United States

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)
Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST)

Type
Full time

Level
Experienced

Salary
Open

Required education
PhD

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

Posted
30 April 2018

Job description

The “Magnetospheres in the Outer Solar System” (MOSS) group at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position in theoretical/computational space plasma physics. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Sven Simon and his team and will carry out numerical simulations of the interaction between small solar system bodies and their plasma environments. In particular, we aim to better understand the interaction of Saturn’s largest moons (Titan, Enceladus, Rhea, Tethys, Dione) with the magnetosphere of their parent planet. Part of this research will be based on a hybrid (kinetic ions, fluid electrons) simulation code that is available in our group. This research will support the analysis of plasma and magnetic field data acquired by the Cassini spacecraft during its 13-year tour in the Saturnian system. Information on the current research activities of the group can be found at http://svensimon.gatech.edu.

The successful candidate is expected to hold a doctoral degree in physics, astrophysics, space physics, or geophysics. Programming experience (e.g., in C++ or Fortran) is required for the position. Interested candidates should send a CV, a list of publications, a short statement of research interests (max. one page) and the names and contact information of three potential references to sven.simon@eas.gatech.edu. Review of applications will begin on 20 May 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment is for two years, with the possibility of renewal (depending on performance and availability of funds). Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.