Postdoctoral Research Associate in Space Physics

Connecticut, United States
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

The Space Physics Group in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, anticipates offering one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in the observational study of solar energetic particles (SEPs) and/or Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs).

The Space Physics Group carries out research in many aspects of space physics (aka heliophysics), with a strong emphasis on experimental and observational space plasma physics. Among others, the Group currently leads NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) instrument suite, Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, which launched in 2008, and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which was just selected for development and launch in 2024 to explore the details of particle acceleration and the Sun's interaction with the local interstellar medium; see for more information about the Space Physics Group and its work.

PSP was launched 8/12/2018 on a Delta-IV Heavy rocket and will ultimately go into a solar orbit that passes repeatedly within 9 solar radii from the Sun's surface for the first time (prior measurements only extend in to ~65 solar radii). ISIS is poised to make revolutionary measurements of SEPs down in the corona and throughout the inner heliosphere. In parallel, IBEX made the first, and continues to make periodic, all-sky maps of heliospheric ENAs; these observations are enabling revolutionary new understanding of the outer heliosphere and its interaction with the very local interstellar medium.

The successful candidate(s) will play a major role in the analysis and publication of SEP observations from ISIS and/or ENA observations from IBEX and must have both significant prior experience analyzing these type(s) of particle data and the proven ability to lead and participate in the rapid development and publication of numerous excellent research articles. A Ph.D. is required in physics, astrophysics, space science, or a closely related field.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and continued funding, with the expectation of up to three years. The expected start date is January 1, 2019, though other starting dates may be negotiated.

Interested persons must apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.

All applications received by November 1, 2018 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. For further inquiries, contact

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.