PostDoctoral Associate in Aerospace Engineering

University of Maryland

United States

Posting Details

Position Number: 126246

Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

Unit: ENGR-Aerospace Engineering

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Planetary Surfaces and Spacecraft Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park has one open postdoctoral researcher position. We are looking for a scholar with strong computational modeling skills and an interest in the intersection of planetary science and aerospace engineering. The researcher will work on two projects: 1. modeling rarefied gas drag on particles ejected from comets and 2. modeling triboelectric charging of spacecraft interacting with regolith (e.g. rover wheels on the Moon). An existing experimental teststand will be used for subsequent validation of the triboelectric modeling. We are looking for a scholar with prior experience relevant to at least one of these two projects (i.e., rarefied flows or triboelectric charging). The scholar will work with Dr. Christine Hartzell develop new modeling capabilities using open source software, and present research results (via conferences and journal publications) to the wider planetary science and exploration community.

Minimum Qualifications:
- a Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics,
Astronomy or a related field,
- experience with C or C++
- experience with linux and high
performance computing resources
- a track record of scholarly publications
- the ability to communicate with graduate
students and sponsors

Additional Information:
The appointment will be in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, full-time, for at least one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance. Remuneration will be competitive and based on qualifications.

Posting Date: 04/21/2021

Closing Date: 05/12/2021

Open Until Filled No

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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  2. Curriculum Vitae
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