The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in space plasma physics to conduct research on the Martian ionosphere and its interaction with the solar wind using the MARSIS ionospheric radar on the Mars Express spacecraft. The primary emphasis of this research is to carry out collaborative investigations with the MAVEN spacecraft which is also conducting ionospheric and solar wind interaction studies in orbit around Mars.
Works independently on research using data from the NASA-funded Mars Express Ionospheric Radar Sounder and Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Projects at the University of Iowa, with oversight from Professors Don Gurnett and Jasper Halekas.
Develops detailed knowledge of the Mars Express ionospheric radar sounding instrumentation and data analysis procedures.
Writes software for data analysis.
Develops and utilizes advanced data analysis techniques.
Develops physical interpretations of the analysis results.
Organizes methods and procedures for analyzing ionospheric data from the Mars Express ionospheric radar sounder.
Conducts collaborative research with other ionospheric-related investigations on the MAVEN spacecraft.
Presents results of this research at scientific meetings.
Prepares and submits first author manuscripts in appropriate scientific journals, and demonstrates a good publication record.
Serves as a referee for manuscripts submitted for publication in scientific journals.
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.
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