Open Positions

Research Scientist at the Boston College Institute for Scientific Research

Applications are invited for a Research Scientist position in the fields of ionospheric physics and space weather.  Applicants should hold a PhD in space physics or a related filed and a track record of publications in peer reviewed journals.

The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to understanding the near-earth space environment and its impacts on radio frequency (RF) systems. Experimental and/or modeling experience is preferred.  Desired skills include the ability to develop, test and deploy RF sensors operating in passive and active modes, system prototyping to include algorithm development and real-time system operation, and tools for analysis of the collected data requiring familiarity with digital signal processing techniques such as optimization, filtering, and image processing. Familiarity with machine learning/data science techniques is also valuable.

The candidate will have proficiency in analysis of ground-based and space-based ionospheric instrument measurements together with scientific programming and visualization experience in computer languages such as MATLAB, IDL, Python, Fortran and C/C++.  Candidates with prior research experience modeling high-frequency (HF) propagation, ionospheric irregularities, and scintillation are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants at the Research Scientist and/or Senior Research Scientist level will be considered.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and responsibilities. 

The selected candidate will work in a successful research group at the Institute for Scientific Research at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.  US citizenship is preferred.  Please send a CV together with contact information for two references to Patricia Doherty at Boston College ( by April 16, 2020.


Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.