University of Hawai‘i, Institute for Astronomy (Pukalani, Maui) – Solar Physics Postdoctoral Fellow

February 15, 2019, from Richard Morton


Institute for Astronomy.  Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (Up to two (2) years in duration with possibility of extension for an additional year), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Pukalani, Maui, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES:  Participates in several NASA-grant research projects that study the solar active region magnetic fields and their relation to solar eruptive events. Performs extrapolation modeling to understand the magnetic field evolution and the structure of magnetic flux ropes. Assists with the development of a new data-driven model of the coronal magnetic field. Pursues collaborative and independent research in solar physics. Publishes articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents results at conferences.

REQUIRES:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Physics, Astronomy, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire).  One to three (1 – 3) years of research experience in solar physics or related field, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals.  Scientific background in solar physics.  Proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data. Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience in solar physics research related to magnetic fields measurement or numerical modeling. Experience with parallel computation and data visualization.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Xudong Sun 573-9513 (Maui).

CLOSING DATE: March 1, 2019 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.