Postdoctoral Research Associate 

Chicago, Illinois
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 29, 2021
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Education Level
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Background: Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences,

Department of Physics invites applications for a three-year postdoc appointment in

the Department of Physics with Prof. Rasha Abbasi, Review of applications will

begin August 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilities: : Prof. Abbasi is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research

Associate to specialize in lightning research, observations, and applications. The

selected applicant will work closely with Prof. Abbasi and the Telescope Array

collaboration on observing the optical emission from Terrestrial Gamma-ray

Flashes (TGFs) using a high-speed video camera and a photometer system. The

selected applicant will also work closely with the Physics Department at Loyola

University Chicago on teaching classes during the spring semester of their

appointment. Thus, this position will allow the Post-Doctoral Research

Associate the unique opportunity to develop both their research and teaching skills.

The main responsibilities would be 1) analyzing the collected data from the highspeed

video camera and the photometers in correlation with the TGFs observed by

the Telescope Array Surface Detector (TASD) and lighting observed by the

(INTerFerometer) INTF at the TASD site. 2) Maintaining and collecting data

from the optical instruments at the TASD site. 3) simulation of the optical

component of TGFs and lighting. 4) Teaching undergraduate courses and labs

(corresponding to a teaching load of 3) during the spring semester. This position

will require the presentation and publication of research findings at scientific

conferences and in academic journals. It also requires travel to Utah multiple times

a year.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. Candidates

for the position must clearly demonstrate the potential for excellent in research and

have a record of excellent scholarship. This position requires familiarity with

lightning observations and TGFs, along with fluency in at least one programming

language (e.g., Python, C++, Jave). Preference will be given to applicants with

knowledge of high-speed video camera and photometer observations

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a current Curriculum

Vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, a list of at least 3 professional references,

and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements for this

position to to

Rasha Abbasi , Ph.D.

Department of Physics



Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our faculty. The

University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and

undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity - including

a wide range of individuals who contribute to a robust academic environment - is

critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research,

educational access and services in an increasingly diverse society. Therefore, in

holistically accessing the many qualifications of each applicant, we would factor

favorably an individual's record of conduct that includes experience with an array of

diverse perspectives, as well as a wide variety of different educational, research or

other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably

experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career

or degrees.


Location: Loyola University Chicago, Chicago U.S.A.