Research Scientist in Planetary Radar (427-1100)

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
City: Arecibo
State/Province: Puerto Rico
Country: USA
Institution: Universities Space Research Association (USRA)
Application Due Date: Monday, August 29 2016
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The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is seeking applicants for a Research Scientist position in the Planetary Radar group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The research emphasis of the group is the study and characterization of near-Earth objects and other Solar System bodies. Experience and interest in astronomical observations of Solar System objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling are desirable. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred, but not required. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

The incumbent should hold a Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy, physics or a related field. Postdoctoral experience is preferred, but not required. The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to perform independent research, have a track record of scientific publications in planetary science, and would be encouraged to apply for partial funding. The incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo Planetary radar system.

A complete application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research plan, which is limited to three (3) pages, and contact information for three (3) references. Review of applications will begin August 29, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Arecibo Observatory is managed for the NSF by a consortium comprising SRI International, USRA, and Universidad Metropolitana. It is home to the largest radio telescope in the world and conducts research programs in Radio Astronomy, Planetary Radar, and Atmospheric Sciences. All appointments are contingent upon the continuation of the cooperative agreement with the NSF for the operation of Arecibo Observatory.

The successful applicant will be a resident in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and will be an employee of USRA. All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity