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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

MHD-Based Modeling of Particle Transport in the Magnetosphere


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Battle Space Environment

RO# Location
13.40.12.C0603 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Albert, Jay M 505-846-7247


This is an opportunity to adapt large-scale MHD simulations of the Earth's magnetosphere to detailed studies of outer zone electrons of the Van Allen radiation belts. One focus would be resonant wave-particle interactions, which are not captured by MHD itself but can be added to test particle transport in the global electric and magnetic fields supplied by the MHD-based Space Weather Modeling Framework.


Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling W. Tu, W. Li, J. M. Albert, and S. K. Morley (2019), J. Geophys. Res. 124, 898, doi:10.1029/2018JA026414

Unraveling the Formation Mechanism for the Bursts of Electron Butterfly Distributions: Test Particle and Quasilinear Simulations L. Gan, W. Li, Q. Ma, A. V. Artemyev, and J. M. Albert (2020), Geophys. Res. Lett. 47, doi:10.1029/2020GL090749

Tenishev, V., Shou, Y., Borovikov, D., Lee, Y., Fougere, N., Michael, A., & Combi, M. R. (2021). Application of the Monte Carlo method in modeling dusty gas, dust in plasma, and energetic ions in planetary, magnetospheric, and heliospheric environments. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126, e2020JA028242.

Radiation belt electrons; MHD simulations; solar energetic protons


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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