Researcher in Space Plasma Physics

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014

UCLA solicits applications for one or more Researchers at the Assistant or Associate level, in the field of experimental or theoretical Space Plasma Physics, at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. For more information about the institute visit: and about EPSS visit: The institute's Space Physics Center carries out investigations of the solar wind, and the magnetospheres, ionospheres and atmospheres of the Earth and planets. The successful candidate will have completed significant independent research in space physics and/or have a strong track record in space hardware development. The primary responsibilities will be to conduct studies on key plasma physics questions in Earth’s magnetosphere, at the moon or in the solar wind using theory and/or simulation tools that will help in the analysis and interpretation of currently acquired data from the THEMIS and ARTEMIS missions, in conjunction with current (Van Allen Probes) and upcoming (MMS) missions. The successful candidate will participate actively in a diverse and broad space physics research environment across UCLA, spanning basic plasma theory, simulations, and experimental space physics. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen or complement UCLA's space borne, ground based or experimental research geared towards understanding of plasma phenomena at Earth, planets their moons and the Inner and Outer Heliosphere, and develop their own direction within a stimulating and highly dynamic environment. Candidates can apply at They should include a full CV, a short statement of research interests, and names of three individuals familiar with their work. Applications received prior to November 1, 2014 will be given full consideration. Position will remain open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a commitment to enhance diversity. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

UCLA’s David Paige along with a team of US and foreign collaborators has been selected to design and run a ground-penetrating radar instrument to be included as part of the payload of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. The Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX), was one of seven (out of 58 proposals) carefully-selected instruments that will conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

Exploring Your Universe 2014 will take place Sunday, November 16 in the Court of Sciences. Stay tuned for more details about this open house and science fair that allows the Los Angeles community a chance to participate in UCLA's top-tier research program.

Dr. Alan Harris

M.S. '67, Ph.D. '75

Hunting for Killer Asteroids, the Past, Present and Future of Near-Earth Asteroid Surveys

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lecture: 6:30 p.m; Court of Sciences 76

According to research conducted by Jean-Pierre Williams and colleagues, Mars’ atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet’s surface above freezing for the long term. It was published today in Nature Geoscience.

UCLA Recruits Academic Specialist

Posted on April 3, 2014

Under general supervision of the directors of the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for isotope geochemistry, the specialist conducts ion microprobe investigations, provides primary maintenance and support for the facility, assists visiting scientists to acquire data using the ims 1270 ion microprobe, develops and implements applications and software improvement, and undertakes a program of independent, externally funded geological or cosmochemical research. Ph.D. required Those interested in the position should send a CV and cover letter to Kathleen Micham. Salary commensurate with experience.

Boyce and his team of researchers show through a study of apatites that the origin of water on the Moon is uncertain. In UCLA Today: