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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling-Data Analysis and Numerical Simulations


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Battle Space Environment

RO# Location
13.40.12.B8318 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Huang, Cheryl Y 505.846.7218


Understanding the Ionosphere-Thermosphere (IT) system is crucial for accurate forecasting of the impact of space weather. We solicit proposals to investigate high-latitude IT coupling via a combination of data analysis and numerical simulations during conditions of solar wind forcing. Data analysis should include sources from ground and space to be as comprehensive as possible. We encourage innovative physics-based model solutions aimed at improving forecast ability in real time. Model results should be validated by comparison with data.



Huang CY, et al: Ionosphere-thermosphere (IT) response to solar wind forcing during magnetic storms. Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 6 A4: 2015, doi: 10.1051/swsc/2015041

Huang CY, et al: Energy coupling during the August 2011 magnetic storm. Journal of Geophysical Research: 1219-1232, 2014, doi: 10.1002/2014JA019297

Huang Y, Huang CY, et al: Ionization due to electron and proton precipitation during the August 2011 storm. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2013JA019671 2014


Ionosphere; Thermosphere; Solar wind forcing; Space weather; Physics-based models; High-latitude IT coupling;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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