The University of Arizona (UA) Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory (SO) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Dr. Ewan Douglas on space astrophysics instrumentation and high contrast observational astronomy. Candidates with particular interests or experience in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:
• Astronomy and planetary science instrumentation in space, such as small/nano-satellites and sounding rockets
• Laboratory testing and simulation of coronagraphic systems for high contrast imaging of exoplanets and debris disks
• CubeSat mission design and operations
• Reduction and analysis of coronagraphic observations of debris disks
Candidates should have a PhD in astronomy, planetary science, physics, optical or aerospace engineering, or a closely related field. The position will provide opportunities for outreach and student engagement, and applicants with experience or interest in outreach are encouraged to apply. Experience contributing to open source hardware and software projects is also desirable.
A new interdisciplinary SmallSat initiative at the UA includes construction of integration and test facilities as well as a CubeSat ground station. UA/SO offers a world-class research environment in ground and space-based astrophysics with strong interdisciplinary programs across the Departments of Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Sciences, and the UA Data Science Institute. Steward Observatory provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-based radio and optical observing. Among these are the Large Binocular Telescope and 6.5m aperture telescopes located in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
This position is expected to last up to two years starting fall 2019. To apply, go to https://uacareers.com/postings/search and apply to Posting Number P20717.