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Postdoctoral Scholar-Space Plasma Physics/Solar and Heliospheric Physics

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Postdoctoral Scholar-Space Plasma Physics/Solar and Heliospheric Physics

Established six decades ago, UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) was the realization of NASA's vision to gather many of the most innovative and dedicated science minds in one place at the University of California, Berkeley. In the hill above Berkeley, physicists, researchers, biologists, engineers and technicians worked in unison: interacting, learning from one another, leading, challenging and inspiring one another in creating cutting-edge space science instrumentation and conducting top research. Through sixty years of NASA-funded support, their efforts, and those of hundreds of dedicated students and staff, have brought about myriad highlights, such as the space science missions of S3-3, ISEE, Polar, Van Allen Probes, Cluster, IMAGE, THEMIS, MAVEN, Parker Solar Probe, and ICON. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space and initiated marked new advances in instrumentation technology.

Applications are invited for investigations of wave-particle interaction processes and associated particle dynamics at the Earth's magnetosphere and solar wind. The work involves the analysis of magnetic, electric, and plasma measurements from the solar wind missions Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter and the magnetosphere multi-spacecraft Van Allen Probes and Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) missions. The postdoctoral scholar will work under Dr. Oleksiy Agapitov and will perform data analysis, theoretical studies, and modeling of space plasma processes. The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences as well as publish their results in leading journals. Expertise in the analysis of multi-point space plasma measurements and plasma instabilities, wave-wave/wave-particle interaction in a randomly inhomogeneous medium will be highly beneficial. In addition, experience in relevant theoretical modeling will be an advantage.

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