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Postdoctoral Researcher – Heliophysics – Boulder, Colorado

Southwest Research Institute

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted March 30, 2021.

Who We Are: As a recognized leader in space science research and spacecraft instrumentation, avionics, and electronics, we are helping to reveal the secrets of our solar system and the universe.

Objectives of this Role: The goal of this project is to conduct a program of data analysis and modeling that addresses fundamental outstanding questions in solar dynamo theory Obtain improved measurements of the Differential Rotation and the Meridional Flow and their temporal variations, including the torsional oscillation Adapt existing magnetic feature tracking codes for tracking high-latitude structures in magnetograms.

Use a state-of-the-art surface flux transport model to understand and predict the evolution of the magnetic fields in the Sun’s polar regions.

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities: Obtain HMI Magnetogram data and use a magnetic pattern tracking code to measure the Sun’s surface flows, with an emphasis on the high-latitude flows Use a state-of-the-art surface flux transport model to create an ensemble of solar cycle evolution predictions Attend regular meetings with the project team/lead to discuss progress and develop project pathways Assist with annual reports, conference abstracts, and other communications to the broader science community, as needed Present results of the work at scientific conferences, and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals Requirements: Requires an PhD with a 3.00 GPA in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science or related 3 years: Requires 3 years of related academic research experience 3 years: Requires 3 years of academic experience with C, Fortran, Python, or IDL Academic experience with obtaining and processing solar magnetograms, with magnetic flux tracking software, and with data statistics and accessing uncertainty is strongly preferred.

Special Requirements: Work assignment is in Boulder, Colorado.

This is a 1 year limited term assignment with a possible option to extend.

Job Locations: Boulder, Colorado Salary Range: $60,000.00
– $80,000.00 For more information about this division, visit the Space Science & Engineering home page.

For information about SwRI’s benefits, please review our Benefits Brochure .

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