Department Physics & Astronomy (P&A)
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Job Category Postdoctoral Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F362AZ
Recruit Number FAC8450
Other Location NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd,
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Salary The anticipated starting salary is between $65,000 - $75,000
annually, commensurate with education and experience
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy invites
applications for a postdoctoral position to work with civil servants at NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). This position is funded by NASA through
the Partnership for Heliophysics and Space Environment Research (PHaSER)
cooperative agreement. George Mason University has a strong institutional
commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty
and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's
academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The candidate will conduct Sun-Climate research at NASA/GSFC on dynamical,
radiative, chemical couplings between solar forcing and Earth's atmosphere
and/or ionosphere, to better understand solar variability and its impacts on
climate. The study will involve analyses of the data from current TSIS (Total
and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor) and Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
missions, as well as mesoscale/climate modeling when needed. The Sun-Climate
connection is a complex problem, involving the radiation input from solar
spectral irradiance, clouds and water vapor that interact with solar
radiation, atmospheric general circulation and waves that distribute the
energy absorbed, and global electric circuit that couples the lower atmosphere
and ionosphere electrically.
The candidate shall provide expertise in the research areas on solar energy
variability, analysis of large satellite data, Earth's atmospheric dynamics,
as well as a good understanding of upper atmospheric chemistry and atmosphere-
ionosphere coupling. The candidate shall participate in the Sun-climate and
solar irradiance science team meetings that NASA sponsors and present research
results at these conferences. Publications on peer-reviewed journals are
Ph.D. in remote sensing geoscience with a background in Earth atmospheric
Good understanding of atmospheric dynamics and measurement principles,
theories, concepts and techniques in radiative transfer modeling;
Good knowledge of important science questions in the Sun-Climate research
and solar variabilities;
Demonstrated research experience with a track record of peer-reviewed
Prior experiences with solar energy variability, analysis of large
satellite data and Earth's atmosphere dynamics.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https: // jobs.gmu.edu/;
complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and
a list of three professional references with contact information. References
will be contacted for a letter of recommendation.
For Full Consideration, Apply by: 10/22/2021
Posting Date 09/24/2021
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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