Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow II

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 10 months ago(12/10/2022 5:05 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


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).


Starting date
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:

  • AWE scientific data analysis,
  • Ground-based instruments data analysis,
  • Mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students,
  • Participation in AWE workshops,
  • Publication of results in scientific journals and presentation at national and international conferences,
  • Teaching opportunity can be provided through USU physics department with detailed mentorship.


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.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. A list of two professional references and their contact information.
  3. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    • Research Statement
    • Summary of research interests and achievements (max. 2 pages)
    • Publication and research activity list

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University is a highly selective, public, land-grant university and is classified as a Carnegie R1 Research University. The main campus is located in Logan, a community of 100,000 people. Logan is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City in scenic Cache Valley, a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains providing many recreational opportunities. The area has a low cost of living and provides a high quality of life. For more information on Logan see http://www.tourcachevalley.com.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


* updated 7/2023

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