Physics: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Lightning Observation

Loyola University Chicago
Illinois, United States
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Posted date
Aug 19, 2021

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Job Title Physics: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Lightning Observation Position Title Physics: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Lightning Observation Position Number Job Category University Faculty Job Type Full-Time FLSA Status Exempt Campus Rogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Location Code PHYSICS (02116A) Department Name PHYSICS Is this split and/or fully grant funded? Yes Duties and Responsibilities
Loyola University Chicago ( LUC ), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics invites applications for a three-year postdoc appointment in the Department of Physics in support of Professor Rasha Abbasi’s funded research program. The Department of Physics has extensive undergraduate teaching duties in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in its own programs for Physics Majors and Minors. For information about the department, please visit /physics.

Prof. Abbasi is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to specialize in lightning research, observations, and applications. The successful applicant will work closely with Prof. Abbasi and the Telescope Array collaboration on observing the optical emission from Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs), using a high-speed video camera and a photometer system. The successful applicant will also work closely with the Physics Department, teaching classes during the spring semester. Thus, this position will allow the Post-Doctoral Research Associate the unique opportunity to develop both their research and teaching skills.

The main responsibilities would be 1) analyzing the collected data from the high-speed video camera and the photometers in correlation with the TGFs observed by the Telescope Array Surface Detector ( TASD ) and lighting observed by the (INTerFerometer) INTF at the TASD site; 2) maintaining and collecting data from the optical instruments at the TASD site; 3) simulating of the optical component of TGFs and lighting; and 4) teaching undergraduate courses and labs during the spring semester. This position will require the presentation and publication of research findings at scientific conferences and in academic journals. It also requires travel to Utah several times a year. Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and have a record of excellent scholarship. This position requires familiarity with lightning observations and TGFs, along with fluency in at least one programming language (e.g., Python, C++, Java). Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of high-speed video camera and photometer observations. Physical Demands Working Conditions Minimum Education and/or Work Experience
Familiarity with lightning observations and TGFs
Fluency in at least one programming language (e.g., Python, C++, Java) Open Date 08/19/2021 Close Date Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, a list of at least 3 professional references, and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements for this position to . They also should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position. Referees will not be contacted immediately but might be at subsequent points in the review process. Applicants should forward additional materials related to research and teaching excellence to:
Rasha Abbasi, Ph.D.
Department of Physics

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity – including a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes experience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degrees.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn more about LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website at For information about the university’s focus on transformative education, they should consult our website at . Quick Link for Posting Job Number 85NEW Organizational Location PROVOST
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