CEDAR email: Job opening: Research Scientist position in Remote Sensing and Space Science at UIUC ECE

Waldrop, Lara lwaldrop at illinois.edu
Fri Mar 29 12:37:01 MDT 2019

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 University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visithttp://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

The primary function of this position is to conduct research focused on understanding the structure, energetics, and dynamics of the upper atmospheres of Earth and Mars by developing forward and inverse models to infer their physical properties (e.g., structure, density, temperature) from remotely sensed data acquired from both ground and space based platforms.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
• Develop, test, and validate new features in existing physics-based models of radiative transfer (RT).
• Develop, test, and validate algorithms for estimation of atmospheric state parameters via forward RT model inversion constrained by available photometric emission measurements from ground- and space-based sensors.
• Analyze derived atmospheric state parameters in terms of physical processes such as mass transport and escape, ion-neutral coupling, and non-thermal particle energization.
• Create materials for the dissemination of research through presentations and publications in peer-reviewed literature.
• Assume additional duties as required to further the mission of the department.

The Visiting Research Scientist title requires a PhD in electrical engineering or a related field (Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science) and experience with developing forward models of radiation transport in optically thick media along with a publication and presentation record in the field of remote sensing and space science and knowledge of the fundamental principles of photon transport in optically thick media. Experience developing inverse methodologies to infer physical properties of non-linear dynamical systems from integrated (line-of-sight) radiometric data and experience with ground- or space-based remotely sensed data acquisition, a minimum of two years of research experience post Ph.D and knowledge of the physical processes that occur in planetary upper atmospheres (diffusive transport, ion-neutral coupling, gravitational escape) 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 http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by April 12, 2019.  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<mailto:blpulley at illinois.edu> or 217-333-9698[X].

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

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