The Space Physics group at UMN includes faculty and researchers with diverse research interests in the physics of space and plasmas, including topics in the ionosphere, magnetosphere, solar wind, and the high-energy Sun. The group also has expertise in electric field and wave instrumentation. The Space Physics group is part of the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics and the School of Physics and Astronomy.
Job duties will include the following: 40% Research and Development
Multiwavelength analysis of solar flares, especially high-energy aspects using hard X-rays, gamma rays, and/or radio data.
Supervise and mentor students in high-energy astrophysics projects (analysis and hardware), including assigning and directing work, leading project teams, and providing guidance.
Lead portions of solar high-energy instrumentation projects, including sounding rocket payloads and CubeSats.
Design, plan, implement, and evaluate complex, multifaceted research projects/systems, remaining current on technological and scientific developments in the field and their potential application into experimental plans.
Design, execute and troubleshoot for other laboratory members.
Write laboratory standard operating procedures for the experiment.
Operate or use a variety of laboratory equipment used in the laboratory.
Process classification, description, measurement and analysis of samples.
Conducts specialized laboratory studies employing standard procedures of astrophysics to achieve specific objectives in basic experimental or applied research.
30% Data Analysis
Analyze and interpret data.
Perform data analysis, interpretation and presentation.
Provide experimental errors and statistics on these data.
Maintain study databases and accurate data entry.
Record results, both manually and using image analysis software.
10% Day-to-Day Laboratory Operations
Assist with managing day-to-day laboratory operations.
Participate in weekly meetings.
Mentor undergraduate or graduate students as needed.
Supervise and train lab staff in laboratory techniques and safety practices.
Serve as lead worker who assigns, schedules and directs work of University staff.
â‹10% Research Proposals
Discuss and plan new avenues of investigation. Lead proposals for submission to funding agencies, including NASA and the NSF.
10% Communicate Research Results
Prepare manuscripts for publication and work with journal editors/reviewers for publication. Present science results at conferences and in publications, including national and international conferences and collaboration meetings.
Assist in writing technical reports for publication.
Perform literature searches.
Participate in the preparation of results for publication.
Write summary reports on results of work.
Confer with supervisor on interpretation of results and avenues of investigation.
Present science results at conferences and in publications, including national and international conferences and collaboration meetings.
Other duties of a similar scope as assigned.
Ph.D. in space physics or astrophysics.
Sounding Rocket, balloon or CubeSat experience.
Experience on a Sounding Rocket launch campaign.
The Space Physics group at the University of Minnesota has an immediate opening for a Researcher to work on analysis and instrumentation for high-energy solar astrophysics. This Researcher will play a leading role in the analysis of high-energy solar flare data using NASA spacecraft and ground-based observatories. Suggested analysis topics include the following: solar flare particle acceleration; the formation and evolution of flare-related jets and/or coronal mass ejections; and hard X-ray diagnostics of solar coronal heating.
Experience in the analysis of high-energy solar astrophysical data, including soft X-rays, hard X-rays, and/or gamma rays will be considered a plus, as well as experience in analyzing solar microwave or radio data. The Researcher will also contribute to hardware projects, including future flights of the FOXSI sounding rocket payload and a series of solar hard X-ray CubeSats developed at UMN. Experience working with high-energy instrumentation for astrophysical use is required.
Internal Number: 332503
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