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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Scientist, Center for Space and Atmospheric Research

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 24, 2024
Job Description

The Opportunity:

The Center for Space and Atmospheric Research at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL campus, invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate or Research Scientist position in in-situ instrumentation and ionospheric physics. The primary function of this position is to support the ongoing ionospheric research in the Space and Atmospheric Instrumentation Laboratory ( ).

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the construction, testing, and calibration of Langmuir probes, electric field probes, ionization gauges, magnetometers, etc. slated to fly on multiple upcoming sounding rocket missions and small satellites to study the electrodynamics of Earth’s upper atmosphere;
  • Analyze and interpret data collected from in-situ observations and collaborate with Co-Investigators who will provide ground-based remote sensing data;
  • Operation of a plasma chamber with a variety of diagnostic instruments;
  • Present results at relevant conferences and in peer-reviewed literature;
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as collaborate with other researchers in the Center for Space and Atmospheric Research

This position requires a Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, or a related field. The successful candidate should have experience designing and using in-situ instruments (preferably electrostatic probes) and programming skills in C and Matlab/IDL/Python/Julia. The position is geared explicitly towards someone within 5 years of attaining their PhD.

This is a 2-year, 100%-time appointment with applicable University benefits and a possibility of renewal for the third year contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds. The position allows (and expects!) the candidate to increase their independence by developing key questions and pursuing proposals to appropriate agencies.

Interested applicants should apply online at and submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter describing background, qualifications, and experience relevant to the position
  • A full curriculum vitae (CV) - detailing education, awards, publications, research experience, etc.
  • Contact information for three professional references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is also expected to be as soon as a selection is made, preferably no later than August 2024. For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Aroh Barjatya at .

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

At Embry-Riddle, we take pride in our position as the world's largest and most comprehensive university dedicated to aviation and aerospace. Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, our esteemed residential campuses offer a prestigious educational experience. However, our commitment to education knows no borders as our Worldwide campus expands our reach globally, providing a world-class education online and at approximately 110 locations across the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. This breadth of reach ensures that students can access our exceptional programs without geographical limitations.

With a history spanning nearly a century, we have continually adapted to the dynamic needs of the industries we support. In the Academic Year 2022-23, we welcomed over 11,100 students to our residential campuses and over 19,000 students at our worldwide campus.

Join our global community and embark on a journey of academic excellence and limitless possibilities. Employees working more than 30 hours a week can enjoy medical, dental and vision benefits, an amazing retirement plan with immediate vesting that includes a 6% gift and up to 4% match, free tuition for employees and their immediate family members, and a generous personal leave program. To find out more about our benefits and why ERAU has been named a “Great College to Work For” for 13 consecutive years, visit our careers page .

Embry-Riddle is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Embry-Riddle is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We continually strive to recognize, respect, and celebrate differences and cultural identities among individuals as we recruit, support, and embrace our diverse community. We work to provide a safe and inclusive environment and to create a climate free of discrimination where cultural competency is fostered through leadership, integrity, care, and respect.

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