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Space Science Institute Postdoctoral Research Scientist Experimental Plasma Physics in Boulder, Colorado

The Space Science Institute (SSI) invites applications for a PostdoctoralResearch Scientist to be based in Los Angeles, CA. The selected candidatewill take a leading role in experiments aimed at understanding the Alfv nwave interactions thought to be at the heart of solar wind turbulence. Thisincludes the unexpected generation of residual energy - excess energy in themagnetic fluctuations compared to the velocity fluctuations.The goal of the project is to create strong, non-linear Alfv n waveinteractions in the lab for the first time and characterize the residualenergy and non-linear modes generated. The postdoctoral scientist will beresponsible for conducting experiments on the Large Plasma Device at UCLA,analyzing both experimental results and existing hybrid particle-in-cellsimulations of the experiment, and preparing results for publication. Theselected candidate will work with SSI Research Scientist Dr. Seth Dorfman,who will be responsible for overseeing the project. The postdoctoralscientist will also have the opportunity to work with remote collaborators Dr.Christopher Chen (solar wind observations), Dr. Luca Franci (hybridsimulations), and Dr. Stanislav Boldyrev (theory). Results will havebroad potential implications for the physics governing solar wind and othermagnetized astrophysical turbulence.For more information on the physics of residual energy, see the followingpaper by Dr. Chen:http://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/770/2/125Knowledge/Education: A Ph.D. in plasma physics or related fields isrequired prior to the start date of the position. Applicants shoulddemonstrate the potential to publish research results in peer-reviewedhigh-quality journals, good communication skills, and the ability to workindependently. No prior experience with the Large Plasma Device or hybridsimulation analysis is expected, but applicants should demonstrate skillsthat show they will be able to learn these tools quickly. Experience withlaboratory plasma experiments or space plasma physics is considered anadvantagThe appointment is expected to start in December 2020, although the exactstart date is flexible. The initial appointment will be for 1 year,renewable up to a total of 20 months contingent upon satisfactory performanceand continued availability of funds. The position is open to applicantswithin the US and abroad and will be based in Los Angeles, CA where Dr.Dorfman is a visiting researcher at UCLA. Opportunities therefore exist tointeract with UCLA laboratory plasma physics(https://plasma.physics.ucla.edu/) and space physics(https://epss.ucla.edu/research-areas/space-physics/)groups, including group meetings and seminars. It is anticipated that workmay begin remotely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The project issupported by a DOE Plasma Science Frontier grant awarded to SSI in 2020.This is a full-time position with benefits. Benefits include health,dental, vision, and (after 1 year of service) 403(b) retirementplan. Position, salary, benefits, and travel budget for conferences aredependent upon continued availability of grant funding.To Apply:Send application materials to ssihr@spacescience.org and cc sethd atspacescience dot org with "Attn: Dr. Seth Dorfman" in the subject line.Please include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of previousresearch experience (max 2 pages), and contact details for 3 references. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Please submit an application byOctober 9th, 2020 to ensure full consideration.Contact Dr. Seth Dorfman with questions or to submit your CV for a preliminaryevaluation: https://www.spacescience.org/bio.php?emp=SDORFMANPlease note: The Space Science Institute is a non-profit, public benefitcorporation and operates as an equal opportunity employer. This jobdescription is general in nature and is not designed to contain or to beinterpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities andqualifications of the position. More information about S

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