Southwest Research Institute POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER - PHYSICS - BOULDER, COLORADO in Boulder, Colorado
Join our Boulder, CO Space Science team to perform numerical simulations to determine the collisional and dynamical evolution of the Trojan asteroids. You will be responsible for making predictions about the initial asteroid population mass and size frequency, and the crater size frequency on the distribution of Lucy’s targets. Your findings will reveal how the Trojan size distribution has changed since they were captured as well as help the team to understand the crater population of Lucy's targets and potentially even allow for a dating scheme of these objects. Your results and efforts will yield insight into the initial mass that was captured and thus provide a link to early solar system conditions.
Requires a PhD degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or closely related Physics degree. Requires 0-3 years of experience. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must have a research specialization in Theoretical Physics. Extensive experience in the areas of inner gas and dust comae of comets, multi-instrument analysis is required. Must have a strong academic background in the study of Hawking radiation and the Hydrogen Atom in Dirac Theory. Must have researched the field of small solar system bodies, in particular comets with extensive academic experience in the areas of inner gas and dust comae, 3D Model multi-instrument work. Must have strong communication skills. Proposal development skills are a plus. Must have numerical simulation experience through research in a PhD program or internship. A valid/clear driver's license is required.
Work assignment is in Boulder, Colorado. This is a 1 year limited term assignment.
Job code: 15-01456
Job Locations: Boulder, Colorado