[PhD] Postdoctoral position in Space Physics at SRG of University of Alcalá

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Institución: Space Research Group – University of Alcalá

Contacto correo-e: teresa.varela(at)uah.es

The Space Research Group (SRG) of University of Alcalá (Spain) announces the opening of one postdoctoral position in Space Physics, to work in the Solar Orbiter Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) scientific data development.

Position Type: Postdoctoral Researcher
Categories/Specialties: Space Science / Solar and Heliospheric Physics / Data Analysis and Instrumentation
Deadline: 10th October 2014.

What we offer:
Senior research contract at University of Alcalá, for up to 14 months. A possible extension for 2 additional years will depend on the project funding status. The selected candidate will work in the Solar Orbiter Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) project funded by the MINECO (Spanish Industry and Competiveness Ministry). The candidate’s primary job will be to do managing and research tasks within the project (see details below).
The gross annual salary will be between 30,000 € and 33,000 € (depending on the experience of the candidate) subject to up to 20% tax and Social Security deductions. Medical insurance will be provided under the Spanish National Health Service and, wherever applicable, will also cover the accompanying partner and children. Non-European Union citizens must obtain the permits required to live and work in Spain prior to signing the contract. Please contact the Spanish consulate in your country for details.

What we require:
Candidates should have a PhD in Science or Engineering and demonstrable experience in Space Science and/or Space Physics.
Experience handling and analyzing scientific data from space-based instruments or space missions.
Experience in science data processing, archiving and management (from low-level telemetry data to high-level science data products).
Good computational skills (including Linux shell scripting and Python and/or IDL programming under a Linux environment).
Spoken and written English.
Travelling disposition.
Good communication skills and ability to work within a group and to integrate in an international and multidisciplinary team

We value:
Research experience in the fields of Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Solar Energetic Particles, Cosmic Rays or Space Systems development.
The candidate’s scientific publication record in one or more of these areas will be strongly valued.
Experience in operations and tele-commanding of space-based scientific instrumentation
Spanish language.
Functional responsibilities:
The successful candidate will integrate in the EPD Project Office as Science Data Manager, participating in the development of the infrastructure required for the ground processing and archiving of EPD’s science data.
He/she is also expected to frequently act as EPD’s representative in Solar Orbiter working groups and team meetings and as contact point with the ESA Science Operations Center.
Workplace: Science and Technology Campus in Alcalá de Henares and Guadalajara Campus.

More information https://portal.uah.es/portal/page/portal/investigacion/convocatorias

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a cover letter (in English, pdf format) to Dr. Teresa Varela Jeraldo (
teresa.varela(at)uah.es) with carbon copy to Dr. Javier Rodríguez-Pacheco (javier.pacheco(at)uah.es). Optionally, the names and contact details of up to 2 references can be provided.

Dr. Javier Rodríguez-Pacheco
Space Research Group – University of Alcalá
Email: javier.pacheco(at)uah.es
Space Research Group

Información complementaria de la oferta:
The Space Research Group:
Solar Orbiter is an ESA mission, foreseen for launch in January 2017. EPD consists of four sensors measuring energetic particles from 2 keV up to 200 MeV/n. The P.I. institution is the University of Alcalá, which leads a multinational consortium building the different sensors and the Instrument Control Unit. For further details, please visit: http://sci.esa.int/solarorbiter
The Space Research Group is composed of researchers from the fields of space science and computers technology. Scientists from the Physics Department are specialized in the study of the Heliosphere, the Sun-Earth interaction and its effect on the conditions in the terrestrial environment. Their joint effort gives the group a great potential and lets cover scientific and technological needs for the development and control of scientific missions and the design of technological products applied to aerospace industry.
The University of Alcalá (UAH) is located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid-Spain), a city 30 km northeast of Madrid and 15 km away from Barajas International Airport. UAH offers degrees in five branches of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, Sciences, Health Sciences, and Engineering and Architecture. Its approximately 20,000 undergraduate students are spread across its three campuses: Historical Campus, the Science and Technology Campus and Guadalajara Campus.

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