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Research Associate

The University of Dallas

The University of Dallas

Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024
Posting Details
Posting Number S05449P
Position Title Research Associate
Functional Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Space Sciences
Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Pay Basis Monthly
Position Status Regular full-time
Location Richardson
Position End Date (if temporary)
Posting Open Date 02/09/2024
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 05/01/2024
Job Summary
The Physics Department in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is seeking to fill three postdoctoral researcher positions affiliated with UTD’s W. B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences. The successful candidate will support ongoing research in magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, with the focus on plasma waves in Earth’s magnetotail region. The incumbent shall analyze particle and wave measurements from THEMIS spacecraft, and theoretically model electron precipitation driven by plasma waves in the magnetotail.
Minimum Education and Experience

Ph.D in a related field.

Preferred Education and Experience
It is highly preferable that the candidate holds a Ph.D. in space physics or a closely related field.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Construct a dataset of quasi-periodic emissions of electromagnetic whistler-mode waves from THEMIS observations;
  • Determine the main wave characteristics and estimate the electron resonant energies corresponding to wave-particle interactions;
  • Investigate correlations between whistler-mode wave intensities and plasma density fluctuations inferred from spacecraft potential measurements;
  • Analyze THEMIS plasma instrument (ESA) measurements and determine main characteristics of the electron population responsible for density fluctuations;
  • Compare theoretical estimates of electron precipitating fluxes at the resonant energies and characteristics of plasma density variations;
  • Prepare materials for conference/workshop presentations and journal publications.
Physical Activities
Working Conditions
Additional Information

What We Can Offer
UT Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer with an employee-friendly and supportive work environment. Our comprehensive compensation and benefits package that is effective as of your hire date includes:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Internal Training
  • BCBS PPO Medical insurance – 100% paid for full-time employees
  • PPO and DHMO Dental Insurance Plan – PPO plans include ortho benefits for both children & adults
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long and short-term disability
  • TRS Retirement Plan – defined benefit plan offering lifetime annuity upon retirement
  • Option Retirement Program (ORP) – in lieu of TRS for eligible employees
  • Voluntary Retirement Plan Options – additional savings opportunities with Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans and Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Free Dental/Vision/AD&D – for eligible employees who waive UTD medical & have outside group medical coverage
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Winter Break
  • Fertility Benefits
  • Remote Work Options – approved by department

Work is to be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Xiao-Jia Zhang (please refer to https://profiles.utdallas.edu/index.php/xjzhang for additional information on the scope of research in Dr. Zhang’s group).

Special Instructions Summary
Candidates must provide a (a) cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, © statement of research (max 1 page), and (d) the names of three – five references including names and contact information.

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