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Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Solar Physics

Columbia University Astrophysics Laboratory
New York City, US
Posting live until
27 Mar 2024

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Columbia University invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Scientist positions in solar physics at the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (CAL). The successful candidate will join the group of Drs. Michael Hahn and Daniel Wolf Savin. Topics of interest include observational studies into the properties of plasma waves in the transition region and corona, the physical processes that accelerate the solar wind from within coronal holes and at their boundaries, and other subjects broadly related to coronal heating and the acceleration of the solar wind. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Solar Physics, Astrophysics, Physics, Applied Physics, Plasma Physics, or a related discipline at the time of the appointment. The appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, contingent upon the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Michael Hahn at

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and research statement (no longer than 3 pages). Additionally, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Columbia University.  All materials must be sent to Academic Search and Recruiting System (ASR) at the following link:

Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran Employer.  CAL values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion, which are keys to attracting and engaging the brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations. Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.


Fifty years after its founding, the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (CAL) continues to thrive as a recognized center for world-class forefront research, and as the nexus for interdepartmental research between Physics and Astronomy. CAL serves many functions; it is a physical place in which its members can engage and collaborate on research topics; it is a social network for providing a common CAL identity and a means to foster interactions between the Departments and the CAL research staff; it is an administrative center that enables and supports the execution of large, complex experimental projects, and relieves many of the burdens of dealing with administrative functions for all its researchers. The success of CAL within the University is no more clearly demonstrated than by the fact that it only exists by the mutual agreement of the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy Departments.

Activity in CAL spans all forefront areas of astrophysical research including gravitational waves, dark matter searches, the study of the origins and evolution of structures in the universe (galaxies, black holes and other compact objects and stars), the flow and distribution of gas and elements, the search for planetary systems and potentially habitable worlds beyond our own, and the study of the molecules that are the building blocks of life and other astrochemical signatures. CAL researchers are also actively involved in the in-house design and development of astrophysical instrumentation projects motivated by fundamental science questions, and have been directly involved in the planning, design, development and analysis of data from numerous other ground- and space-based projects.

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