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Postdoctoral Scholar, Atmospheric Physics

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Department: Physics
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research, Physics

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job Description Summary

The postdoctoral researcher will work with the MTU cloud chamber group to conduct experiments in support of the design of a large convection cloud chamber for exploration of aerosol processing and drizzle formation. Special attention will be given to topics of large uncertainty, including boundary conditions for water vapor, removal rates for diffusive aerosol particles, and removal rates for inertial cloud droplets. The postdoc will collaborate on bringing CFD and measurements into close and rigorous agreement in order to increase the level of confidence in the design of the convection cloud chamber.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Conduct experiments
Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Attend and/or present research at national and international conferences and meetings
Collaborate with the MTU cloud chamber group members and visiting scientists
Integrate safety practices into daily activities. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

PhD in Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, or related field. The degree must have been earned within 72 months prior to the beginning of the appointment.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Experience with laboratory experimentation is required.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience with aerosol, cloud, and turbulence measurements is desired.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Evidence of published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals as an author

Evidence of presented research at national and international conferences/meetings

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to work in a collaborative research environment

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical laboratory setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Visit to apply to this position. Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Cover letter

Additional Information

For more information on the Cloud Chamber, visit,

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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