Postdoctoral Position in Radio and Ionospheric Research
University of Central Florida
The opening is a collaboration between Arecibo Observatory and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Arecibo Observatory is managed by the University of Central Florida (UCF), which is the employing institution.
The position involves the development, implementation, and use of radio techniques for the remote sensing and exploration of the earth’s ionosphere. Measurements of the ionosphere, for the study of space weather and plasma instabilities, may be made using the Arecibo Observatory 430-MHz incoherent scatter radar along with coherent scatter radar and passive radio. Measurement techniques will include HF radar imaging of the ionosphere and HF radio imaging of emissions from stimulated ionospheric turbulence, in conjunction with the NOAA VIPIR HF radar transmitter in eastern Puerto Rico and the Arecibo Observatory high-power high-frequency ionospheric modification transmitter.
Atmospheric research programs at Arecibo Observatory and Interamerican University also include neutral atmospheric and ionospheric research using passive and active optical instruments, the study of aerosols in the neutral atmospheric boundary layer, atmospheric electricity, natural turbulence in the ionosphere, and the development and implementation of new instrumentation and techniques for atmospheric and space plasma research. In addition, Interamerican University has a CubeSat program which offers opportunities to develop collaborations and proposals to fly instruments for ionospheric and space research. The Interamerican University Aguadilla Radio Array is an 80-minute drive from Arecibo Observatory, the NOAA VIPIR HF radar is a 2-hour drive, and the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute is a 40-minute drive.
Puerto Rico is a tropical and culturally diverse Hispanic Caribbean island and a territory of the United States, located between the Atlantic Ocean to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, the Virgin Islands to the east, and the Dominican Republic to the west. The Arecibo Observatory is located at the northern edge of the scenic and mountainous interior, 30 minutes from the ocean and 90 minutes from historic Old San Juan. The local language is Spanish, and English is widely spoken both as a first and second language.
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)
Arecibo Observatory, in collaboration with Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in radio and ionospheric research. The appointment is for two years, and may be extended, contingent on funding. Required qualifications are a PhD, relevant research experience, and proficiency in English. Knowledge of Spanish would be plus.
The successful candidate will participate in the development, implementation, and use of radio techniques for the remote sensing and exploration of the earth’s ionosphere, for the study of space weather and plasma instabilities. A principle goal will be the use of incoherent and coherent scatter radar and passive radio for detailed measurements, including HF radar imaging of the ionosphere and HF radio imaging of emissions from stimulated ionospheric turbulence, in conjunction with the NOAA VIPIR HF radar in eastern Puerto Rico and the high-frequency ionospheric modification transmitter at the Arecibo Observatory.
Applications should include a one-page cover letter, a CV, brief statements discussing research and teaching interests and relevant experience, copies of up to five selected publications, copies of university transcripts or diplomas, and contact information for three professional references.
The position is available immediately. Consideration of applications will begin on Monday March 16, and the position will remain open until filled.
Arecibo Observatory is managed by the University of Central Florida (UCF), which is the employing institution. UCF, Arecibo Observatory, and Interamerican University support equal opportunity in employment and encourage applications from all interested and qualified individuals.
Application documents should be in pdf format and should be emailed to Dr. Brett Isham at bisham at bayamon dot inter dot edu and Dr. Christiano Brum at cbrum at naic dot edu.
Please send any questions to Dr. Isham and Dr. Brum.