Open Positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate and/or Senior Research Positions in Space Physics at Princeton University

The Space Physics Group in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, anticipates offering one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in experimental/observational space physics.

The Space Physics Group conducts research in many aspects of space physics (aka heliophysics), with a strong emphasis on experimental and observational space plasma physics. Among others, the Group currently leads NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISOIS) instrument suite, and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, in development for launch in 2025 to explore the details of particle acceleration and the Sun's interaction with the local interstellar medium. See for more information about the Space Physics Group at Princeton University.

The successful candidate(s) can play a major role in one or more of the following: 1) analysis and publication of Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) and other observations from IBEX, 2) analysis and publication of energetic particle observations from ISOIS, 3) development of the experimental capability of the Group, and development of space flight instrumentation for IMAP, and 4) other funded space physics research in the Group. Preferred qualifications include having prior experience in the development of space flight instrumentation, analyzing ENA and/or energetic particle data, and the proven ability to lead/participate in the rapid development and publication of numerous excellent research articles. A Ph.D. in Space Physics or a related field is required. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and continued funding, with the expectation of up to three years. Positions are available regularly so that starting dates may be negotiated.

Interested persons must apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. Applications will continue to be accepted until positions are filled. For further inquiries, contact is an in-person position as part of the Space Physics research group at Princeton University (not hybrid or remote).

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Princeton University Visiting Fellows in Space Physics Program


The Space Physics at Princeton Group ( in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences is pleased to offer Visiting Fellow positions. The program supports faculty and equivalent senior researchers to do intensive research in residence at Princeton for periods from one month up to a full year. Visiting Fellows will work closely with Space Physics at Princeton Group members on one or more of several topical areas: 1) Energetic Particles observations from Parker Solar Probe, 2) Energetic Neutral Atom and/or Interstellar Neutral Atom observations from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), and 3) scientific preparations for the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). The environment is scientifically intense, highly collaborative, and extremely rewarding. The goal of the program is to strengthen the Group with new and diverse perspectives while carrying out world-class research and publishing numerous papers in collaboration with the Group. Visiting Fellow positions are suitable for faculty members on sabbatical and other comparable senior researchers on leave from their primary appointments. Financial support (including stipend and/or housing) may be offered. Interested researchers should submit to the following: 1) a brief cover letter stating the specific reasons you'd like to visit the Space Physics at Princeton Group and the dates you're available to visit and 2) a CV.