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Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowships Recruitment Announcement

The Class of 2024 has been chosen. Please check back this fall for a new announcement.


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The NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship is sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program. The fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging interdisciplinary field of Heliophysics.

Heliophysics embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with electromagnetic and gravitational fields, and to some extent with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the beginning of interstellar medium as well as planetary atmospheres including Earth's upper atmosphere. Within this broad science discipline, LWS is a program designed to develop the scientific understanding required for the nation to address effectively those aspects of the Sun-Earth system that affect life and society.

Two major topics of focus for LWS are the science of space weather and of the Sun-climate connection. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research addresses one of these two foci; but any research program - especially interdisciplinary research - relevant to LWS will be considered.

Since the goal of this postdoctoral program is to train Sun-Earth system researchers, preference is also given to research projects that cross the traditional Heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as Sun-climate investigations. Therefore, proposals addressing the LWS program that are interdisciplinary in nature will be given preference.

In order to succeed at such cross-disciplinary research, the host mentoring scientist plays a critical role. Consequently, applicants must select a host scientist, who is different from the candidate’s PhD advisor (preferably at a different institution), and coordinate a joint application with the potential host scientist and institution. Share our flyer.

How Hosting Institutions Apply

Potential host scientists are required to submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and mentoring plan as part of the selection process. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow, provide a reasonable office environment, which may include a workstation, and any other unique research costs.

See more information about how hosting institutions apply.

How Postdoctorates Apply

Applicants to this postdoctoral program are expected to have had a PhD for no more than three years at the start of tenure. A UCAR steering committee selects the fellows.

Jack Eddy fellows are UCAR employees and receive a fixed annual salary plus UCAR’s employment benefits (health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, TIAA retirement fund, and life insurance). Relocation (up to $3,500) and an allowance for travel and publications during the appointment are provided. The upcoming deadline for applications is January 26, 2024. 

See more information about how postdoctorates apply.


For further information, contact Kate Rodd or Cindy Bruyère.

NASA Living With a Star, Heliophysics Division sponsors this program.
UCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values and encourages diversity in the workplace.