CEDAR email: Visiting Research Scientist position

Astrid Maute maute at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 18 21:03:29 MDT 2016

submitted by Lara Waldrop
Visiting Research Scientist

Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign seeks applicants for the
position of Visiting Research Scientist. The Department has one of the
leading programs in the United States granting approximately 350 B.S.
degrees, 100 M.S. degrees, and 60 Ph.D. degrees annually. ECE Illinois has
long had an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research
and service. ECE Illinois is rich with top instructional laboratories
allowing students to learn, invent and dream.

The primary function of this position is to conduct research focused on
understanding the structure, energetics, and dynamics of the Earth’s upper
atmosphere by developing forward and inverse models to infer physical
properties of the upper atmosphere from remotely sensed data acquired from
both ground and space based platforms.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

1. Develop, test, and validate inverse methodologies to infer atmospheric
state parameters (e.g., density and composition) from ground- and
space-based spectroscopic observations of airglow emission.

2. Develop, test, and validate statistical, physics-based models for the
interpretation of the parameter estimation results in terms of physical
phenomena such as mass transport and escape, ion-neutral coupling, and
non-thermal particle energization.

3. Create materials for the dissemination of research through presentations
and publications in peer-reviewed literature.

The Visiting Research Scientist title requires a PhD in electrical and
computer engineering or a related field and experience developing inverse
methodologies to infer physical properties of non-linear dynamical systems
from integrated (line-of-sight) radiometric data, experience with forward
modeling of radiation transport in optically thick media along with a
publication and presentation record in the field of remote sensing and
space science. Experience with ground- or space-based remotely sensed data
acquisition and analysis, experience with statistical modeling
methodologies, such as Monte Carlo techniques, knowledge of the physics of
the terrestrial upper atmosphere and its chemical and dynamical coupling to
the near- space plasma environment and a minimum of two years of research
experience post Ph.D is preferred.

The Visiting Research Scientist position is a full-time, benefits-eligible
academic professional position. The visiting position may become regular at
a future date pending availability of funding. The expected start date is
as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed
before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until
after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at
 and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for
three references by August 31, 2016. Full consideration will be given to
complete applications received by the closing date. For further information
regarding application procedures, contact Brandi Pulleyblank at
blpulley at illinois.edu or 217-333-9698.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a
disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (
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