Are you passionate about scientific research of Earth's
If so, we may have the job for you.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is
seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct basic scientific
research on kinetic modeling of Earth's magnetotail and the inner
magnetosphere, and on augmentation of the first-principles
simulations by data mining, ingestion, and assimilation.
The APL Space Physics Group has a broad and active basic
research program that includes data analysis as well as theory and
modeling studies of the Earth's magnetosphere and Sun-Earth
connections, of other planetary magnetospheres, and of Heliospheric
and Solar Physics. It has significant development programs in space
instrumentation and mission design. Active missions in which it
participates include, among others, New Horizons, Geotail, ACE,
Voyager 1 and 2, Van Allen Probes, Juno, MMS, Solar Probe Plus, and
Solar Orbiter. Approved future missions include IMAP, JUICE, and
As a Post Doctoral Fellow, your primary responsibility will
focus on kinetic simulations (particle-in-cell, hybrid or
magnetohydrodynamic with kinetic corrections) of Earth's
magnetotail and the inner magnetosphere, and their further
development through mining, ingestion and assimilation of data. The
successful candidate would be expected to publish original research
in peer-reviewed journals and team with SRP staff to pursue
external support for continued research as well as projects
relating to past, ongoing, and future missions.
In addition, you will...
- Conduct space plasma physics research, development and
adaptation of simulation and data analytics codes.
- Author papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
- Prepare for and participate in scientific conferences.
- Develop innovative scientific research efforts and proposing to
You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
- Have completed a PhD in Physics or in a related field, or have
demonstrated equivalent experience in a scientific field applicable
to space physics and have extensive demonstrated experience in
kinetic plasma simulations or data analytics.
- Have a record of published first author scientific papers in
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if
- Have in-depth knowledge of plasma physics, numerical methods
and computational physics with applications to astrophysical or
space environments, including planetary magnetospheres.
- Experience with programming languages (e.g., Fortran, C, Java,
Python) and familiarity with modern data analytics (machine
learning, data mining, ingestion and assimilation) will be an
- Of particular interest is experience with particle-in-cell,
hybrid simulations or magnetohydrodynamic simulations with kinetic
corrections. At the same time, it is important that the applicant
is self-motivated, able to work independently and interested in
learning new methods and tools.
Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense,
security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to
solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what
makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant,
welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to
work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring
At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity
and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits,
including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled
retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's
campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn
more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.