WVU Research Corporation Postdoctoral Fellow - Plasma Physicist in Morgantown, West Virginia

Description Purpose The purpose of this position is to carry out cutting edge research on the topic of magnetic reconnection and its manifestations in solar, magnetospheric and/or planetary sciences. One goal is to determine how reconnection proceeds in systems where there is a pressure gradient across a magnetic reconnection site that has an out-of-plane (guide) magnetic field and an upstream flow. This is important for magnetospheric and planetary applications. Another goal is to contribute to the understanding of the nature of ribbons in solar flares.

The incumbent serves as a resource contact relative to the research project. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Independently uses professional concepts and organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties require oversight of projects.

Duties & Responsibilities Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) Lead the supercomputer numerical simulation study with a particle-in-cell code of the impact of diamagnetic effects and flow shear on the efficiency of magnetic reconnection. 2) Participate in the mentorship of a graduate student on the subject of solar flare ribbon spreading in two ribbon flares and contribute to the performance and analysis of these simulations. 3) Contribute to other research projects and student mentoring as the need arises. 4) Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings. 5) Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources. a. Assist with development of novel research proposals for sponsor submission. b. Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research funds. 6) Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals. 7) Oversee research facilities and personnel a. Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of research. 8) Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator. 9) Prepare results of research findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.

Supervisory/Lead Role This position reports to the Principal Investigator. It normally receives no instructions on routine work, but will receive instructions/advice when starting a new project or when a difficulty arises in the current project. Typically determines methods or procedures and consults with the supervisor on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.

Physical Demands Requires physical abilities to perform research on a computer.

Work Environment Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment, using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements.

Requirements Requisite Qualifications Education and/or Experience 1) PhD or equivalent degree in physics or a related field; 2) Experience in high performance computing, especially particle-in-cell simulations

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities 1) Skills at high performance computing using particle-in-cell and other types of simulation tools. 2) Knowledge of the physics of magnetic reconnection. 3) Knowledge of magnetospheric and/or solar plasma physics and their applications. 4) Ability to identify relevant literature and previous work. 5) Skilled at using scientific methods to solve problems. 6) Skilled at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. 7) The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 8) Ability to document and present the results of research. 9) Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or style due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented. 10) Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences 11) Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. 12) Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.). 13) Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. 14) Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form. 15) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. 16) Ability to meet deadlines, as well as prepare, present and report results effectively. 17) Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations. 18) Ability to do strategic planning for program development.

Behavioral Competencies 1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others. 2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely. 3) Interpersonal Interactions in the Workplace – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others. 4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information. 5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values. 6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Requisition Number: 16-0118

Post Date: 9/2/2016

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - Plasma Physicist

Position Type: Full Time

Work Hours: 40 hpw

City: Morgantown

State: WV