The Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with an interest in instrumentation and/or experimental space physics to join a dynamic and expanding group of researchers. The department has a long history of building space-based instrumentation including 69 successful satellite and rocket missions. We are now leading the TRACERS (Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites) Small Explorer mission currently scheduled to launch in 2023.
The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will join a diverse, early-career instrument team for MAGIC - a new fluxgate magnetometer accepted for flight as a technology demonstration on the TRACERS mission. MAGIC is a next generation magnetic field instrument incorporating new low-noise cores manufactured from scratch. The researcher will support MAGIC from Phase B onwards and assist in the development, test, qualification, calibration, integration, flight, and operation of the instrument. The researcher will be encouraged to spend a portion of their time developing a self-directed program of original research and preparing and submitting their own research funding proposals. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty, technical and scientific staff, and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds is essential.
The researcher will be expected communicate their research through the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and encouraged to undertake domestic and international travel in support of the research program. The project is highly collaborative, involving national and international topics experts, to further the scientific goals of the project and enable new scientific opportunities. The researcher may have the opportunity to help plan and develop new mission concepts and proposals.
The position is available immediately with a negotiable start date. This initial term is two years with the potential of renewal. Salary will match or exceed the University of Iowa's standard for post-doctoral scholars and scale with the applicant's experience.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.