Southwest Research Institute
Boulder, CO
Closing date
Oct 5, 2022

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Who We Are:

As a recognized leader in space science research and spacecraft instrumentation, avionics, and electronics, we are helping to reveal the secrets of our solar system and the universe.

Objectives of this Role:

  • The goal of this project is to conduct a program of data analysis and modeling that addresses fundamental outstanding questions in solar dynamo theory.
  • Use a state-of-the-art surface flux transport model to understand and predict the evolution of the magnetic fields on the Sun for both short (weeks) and long (years) timescales.
  • Develop automatic algorithms for incorporating non-traditional magnetic data (e.g., far-side helioseismic and/or historical white light) into a surface flux transport model.

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Use a state-of-the-art surface flux transport model to create an ensemble of solar cycle evolution predictions.
  • Attend regular meetings with the project team/lead to discuss progress and develop project pathways.
  • Assist with annual reports, conference abstracts, and other communications to the broader science community, as needed.
  • Present results of the work at scientific conferences, and publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Requires a PhD with a 3.00 GPA in Solar Phyics, Astrophysics, Computational & Data Science, or Physics
  • 0 years (PhD not required at time of application, but must be obtained before the start of work)
  • 3+ years of academic research experience
  • 3+ years of experience with C, Fortran, Python, and/or IDL
  • Experience with obtaining and processing solar photospheric images, surface flux transport or dynamo modeling, and/or experience with data statistics and accessing uncertainty is helpful

Special Requirements:

Work assignment is in Boulder, Colorado. This is a 1 year limited term assignment with option to extend.

Job Locations: Boulder, Colorado

Salary Range: $62,000.00 - $82,000.00

For more information about this division, visit the Space Science & Engineering home page.

For benefits information at our San Antonio location, click here.
For benefits information at all other locations, click here.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

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As required by Executive Order 14042, all SwRI employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected for employment, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021, or before reporting to work with SwRI if after December 8, 2021. SwRI will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of SwRI a legally required exception from this requirement.

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