The National Solar Observatory is seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral position at its Maui, HI facility. NSO staff are primarily located at the National Solar Observatory headquarters, housed on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado and at the DKIST Maui offices in Pukalani, HI.
The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with NSO staff and/or community-based scientists on research related to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). In particular, this position is focused on the development and testing of data-driven 3D magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations. Candidates should hold a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field. Students nearing completion of their degree program are encouraged to apply, but should expect to graduate by Fall 2020.
Maui based science staff work closely with the NSO colleagues in Boulder as well as scientists from the neighboring University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. Research at NSO includes observational, computational, and theoretical aspects of photospheric, chromospheric, and coronal plasmas and the development of new instrumentation. Topics include atomic and molecular line formation and interpretation, polarized radiation and scattering processes, MHD wave and shock dynamics, coronal rain, magnetic topology, and active region evolution.
This postdoctoral position is targeted at implementing and testing data-driven boundary conditions for 3D MHD simulations in collaboration with NSO staff. The successful candidate will have demonstratable experience in computational/numerical physics or astronomy. Experience with single- or multi-fluid MHD (or similar) codes, parallel computation (MPI), optimization techniques, spectropolarimetric data, or the comparison between simulation and observational data are desirable but not required. In addition, successful candidates are expected to perform duties in support of telescope operations (not to exceed 20% of time).
• PhD degree (in astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field)
• Data analysis using Python, IDL, or related software
Preferred Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities:
• solar or heliophysics background
• spectropolarimetic obseravtions
• simulation/observation comparison
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
• The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
• The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
• Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.
• Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more.
• The position will be based in Maui, working at the Haleakala (DKIST) facility.
• Ability to work at 10,000’ elevation, sometimes during inclement weather, is required.
• There will be occasional working at height utilizing fall protection equipment, ladders and scaffolding.
• Frequent travel to/from the mainland US to the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary.
The positions are for duration of 2 years, with the possibility of extension for an additional year contingent on availability of funding.
Applicants should submit a cover letter (including brief research statement) and CV by June 1, 2020 for consideration.