Stanford University – Physical Science Research Scientist Position in Solar Magnetic Field Research

August 2, 2018, from Richard Morton

The Solar Observatories Group at Stanford University invites applications for a Physical Science – Research Scientist position focused on the investigation of the magnetic field in the solar atmosphere and its influence on the corona and heliosphere. The successful candidate will focus on analysis of vector magnetic field data from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) along with data from other solar instruments. The researcher will work with HMI science-team members to investigate the structure and dynamics of the Sun’s magnetic field in support of the goals of the NASA-sponsored SDO/HMI investigation in the Living With a Star Program, in particular the physics of solar eruptive events and magnetic variability related to the solar cycle. Information about the HMI project can be found at

A PhD or equivalent in astrophysics or a related field and experience with solar polarimetry and vector magnetic field data are required. Applicants who have experience with data analysis, can contribute to proposals for new research, have a strong publication record, and who have interest in working with students and in education and public outreach are preferred. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research mission.

This is a 2-year fixed-term position with a possibility for extension based on performance and the availability of funding. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2018. The start date can be as early as October 2018.

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter describing your qualifications and a brief statement of your research interests, 2) a current C.V., 3) a list of your publications, and 4) contact information for three references. PDF format is preferred.

Submissions should be sent via email to:
Haruko Makitani
Phone: +1 (650) 723-1505