Research Scientist I (Step 1) working with Prof. Gary P Zank: University of Alabama in Huntsville

September 6, 2018, from Gary P Zank

The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and the Department of Space Science (SPA) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeking a qualified candidate for the position Research Scientist I (step 1), available beginning October 2018. The position will support Prof. Gary Zank in a combination of research, teaching, and administrative activities, examples of which include; 1) to assist in developing models that describe magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence throughout the heliosphere, including the solar corona, the supersonic solar wind, and the outer heliosheath, relating turbulence models to physical problems such as particle scattering and transport, shock waves, etc., and in other research activities; 2) to assist in his teaching activities, including the supervision of graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D. level); 3) to present results at meetings and in papers; 4) to assist with proposals and; 5) to assist in the running of both a 4-week long Space Weather Summer Camp and similar Alabama Plasma Physics Summer Camp. The position requires essential knowledge and skills of advanced plasma physics, MHD, particularly in transport theory, experience in theory and related computing, in the context of space and solar physics. The Department of Space Science and CSPAR provides a diverse and vibrant environment for academic excellence and professional growth. SPA offers a unique academic program in space plasma physics, covering research topics ranging from solar physics to physical processes throughout the heliosphere and in the interstellar medium. The appointee will also benefit from close interaction with the solar physics group at the Marshall Space Flight Center, who shares the same office space. The Research Scientist I is eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator in competing for internal and external funding opportunities. The City of Huntsville, also known as the Rocket City, boasts a high quality of life and a low cost of living. The appointment is initially for one year and is renewable for additional years.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Physics or a related field, 6-9 months of experience working on MHD turbulence and Landau fluids. Must possess significant expertise in the field of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence and in turbulence simulations. Must have expertise in both the theory and simulation of Landau fluids. Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is desired. Skills in the numerical solution of systems of ordinary and partial differential equations is preferred. Ph.D. with 24-26 months of full-time postdoctoral experience working on MHD turbulence and Landau fluids is desired. The approximate starting salary is $62,591 – $68,030 with an excellent benefits package. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the requirements of the position, a current resume, and names of three referees. Qualified applicants should apply on-line for the Research Scientist I (step 3)/RV4230 position at Further inquiries about the position can be directed to Prof. Gary P. Zank (