Utah State University's Department of Physics in the College of Science is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoctoral Fellow II):
The Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) is the first dedicated NASA mission to investigate global gravity waves (GWs) properties in the upper atmosphere and their impacts on the ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (ITM). An Infrared imager (Advanced Mesospheric Temperature Mapper or AMTM) will operate onboard the International Space Station during two years, measuring the intensity of selected spectral lines of the hydroxyl (OH) emission layer, around 87 km altitude. The raw image data will be processed to derive the mesospheric temperature, and to measure GW parameters with a near-global coverage. The AWE science objectives are: 1. to quantify the seasonal and regional variabilities and influences of GWs near the mesopause (~87 km altitude), 2: to identify the dominant dynamical processes controlling GWs, 3: to estimate the wider role of GWs in the ITM. The USU Physics department will host the AWE Science Operations Center (SOC).
Temporary position starting in November 2023.
Three years, with the possibility of continuing depending on funding.
As part of this project, the postdoctoral scholar will be closely involved with AWE research. Their tasks will include:
Ph.D. by time of appointment. The candidate should have a strong research background in upper atmospheric dynamics, experience working with large datasets, including observational and model data, and a history of research productivity as evidenced by coauthor publications and first-author conference presentations.
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