CEDAR email: Postdoctoral Position in Radio and Ionospheric Research at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

Astrid Maute maute at ucar.edu
Thu Oct 13 20:20:19 MDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

Please see the announcement below, for a postdoctoral position in
ionospheric radio remote sensing and imaging at Interamerican University of
Puerto Rico.

Best regards, Brett Isham


Postdoctoral Position in Radio and Ionospheric Research at Interamerican
University of Puerto Rico

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Interamerican
University of Puerto Rico, located on the Bayamón campus near San Juan, has
an opening for a postdoctoral faculty position in radio and ionospheric

Required qualifications are a PhD, relevant research experience, and
proficiency in spoken English or Spanish.  The position is open immediately
and may be extended for up to three years, contingent upon available

The successful candidate will participate in the development and use of a
new high-frequency radio imaging array at the Interamerican Aguadilla
campus in northwest Puerto Rico, with principle goals, among others, of
producing wide-field HF bistatic radar images of the ionosphere and the
first-ever radio images of stimulated ionospheric electromagnetic radio
emissions (SEE).  The array will be used in conjunction with the HF VIPIR
radar in Cayey, Puerto Rico, with the new high-frequency ionospheric
modification transmitter at the Arecibo Observatory, and with other
instrumentation including local, regional, and space-based radio, radar,
optical, and magnetometer instruments.  Other duties include teaching one
or two undergraduate classes per year.  The Bayamón campus emphasizes
innovative and effective teaching strategies.

Other atmospheric research programs at the Bayamón campus include the study
of aerosols in the boundary layer and of plasma instabilities in the
auroral ionosphere.  The Bayamón campus is the lead institution in the
development and construction of the Puerto Rico CubeSat, which incorporates
an ion irregularity instrument built by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
and an MF/HF radio instrument built by Mälardalen University in Sweden in
collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Space Physics and the
Interamerican Bayamón campus.

The NSF Arecibo Observatory is a 90-minute drive from campus, and the NOAA
VIPIR HF radar, located at the USGS San Juan Observatory, is a 60-minute
drive.  In addition, the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute is a 50-minute
drive from campus, and an optical laboratory is available at the
Interamerican School of Optometry, located on the Bayamón campus.

Interamerican University is the largest private university in Puerto Rico,
with nine campuses, professional programs in optometry and law, and a total
student population of about 50,000.  Interamerican's Bayamón campus, with
about 5,000 students, is primarily an undergraduate institution.  Recently,
however, the Department of Mechanical Engineering began an MSME program
with an emphasis in aerospace engineering, and in August 2017 the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will begin an MSEE
program with concentrations including sensing of the atmosphere and
geospace remotely - using radio, radar, optics, and lidar - and via
satellite.  Bayamón campus programs also include the Interamerican
University School of Aeronautics, located at Isla Grande airport in San
Juan.  A satellite engineering program on the Aguadilla campus, to be
operated by the Bayamon campus, is being developed.

Puerto Rico is a tropical and culturally diverse Hispanic Caribbean island
and a territory of the United States, located between the Atlantic Ocean to
the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, the Virgin Islands to the east,
and the Dominican Republic to the west.  The Bayamon campus is located 30
minutes south of historic Old San Juan, at the northern edge of the scenic
and mountainous interior.  Excellent schools (pre-K to 12) are located
nearby.  The local language is Spanish, and English is widely spoken both
as a first and second language.

Applications should include a one-page cover letter, a CV, brief statements
discussing research and teaching interests and relevant experience, copies
of up to five selected publications, copies of university transcripts or
diplomas, contact information for three professional references, and a
completed Interamerican University employment application form.

To obtain a copy of the application form, for information about submission
and deadlines, and for other questions, please contact Prof. Brett Isham at
bisham at bayamon.inter.edu.

All qualified persons are welcome to apply.  Interamerican University of
Puerto Rico supports equal opportunity in employment and encourages
applications from women, veterans, and people with disabilities (M/F/V/H).
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