CEDAR email: ICON Research Positions in Berkeley, California

Thomas J. Immel immel at ssl.berkeley.edu
Tue Dec 6 19:02:57 MST 2016

From the University of California, Berkeley
The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is NASA’s next Explorer mission, preparing for launch in June 2017. The science mission is designed to investigate variability in the ionosphere-thermosphere system from equatorial to middle latitudes. UC Berkeley’s Atmospheric Emissions Group at the Space Sciences Laboratory seeks qualified candidates to work with the mission team in the pursuit of the mission’s science goals, develop new scientific understanding from its observations, and disseminate these discoveries broadly at conferences, through public speaking opportunities, and in the scientific and general literature. An Assistant Research Engineer position is open to support the mission data analysis, and the scientist’s interface to the Science Operations Center. The successful candidate will work closely with the engineers maintaining the software implemented in the SOC, including working to implement revisions in algorithms and retrieval codes, and document the related changes in the science products. The candidate will work to develop innovative analysis techniques and apply them in the mission data analysis tools and provide them to the science community through the mission website or other interfaces including virtual observatories and NASA data archives. An Assistant Research Physicist position is also open to an individual who will support mission data analysis, combining the data from the 4 instruments in ICON’s science payload to work toward meeting the mission’s goals. Candidates for both positions should expect to implement new and innovative analysis techniques, combining data with other assets, extant and planned, including COSMIC-2 and GOLD, as well as other ground- and space-based resources. In both positions, successful candidates are expected to develop their own research programs based partially on their prior interests and experiences, so both positions require the successful completion of post-doctoral research and demonstration of the capability for independent work. For other job requirements and candidate qualifications, please see the specific postings at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu

More information on the ICON mission is available at the ICON website:


The two job postings are also available online:


Review of the positions will begin in December with the positions expected to be open until filled.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Thomas Immel, ICON Principal Investigator (immel at ssl.berkeley.edu), or for Human Resources questions, to Zania Harris, Director of Human Resources at Space Sciences Laboratory (zania at ssl.berkeley.edu).

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