Postdoctoral Fellow Cometary Atmospheres

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Current state: Approved
Department: Physics Department
City: Aurburn
State/Province: AL
Country: USA
Contact Person: Dennis Bodewits
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Auburn University
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 15 2020
Web Link: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/19536

Post-doctoral research position in the Physics Department at Auburn University

The Physics Department at Auburn University invites applicants for a post-doctoral research position within the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics group in the field of cometary atmospheres.

The successful candidate will analyze observations of comets acquired with instruments onboard space telescopes, including the Chandra X-ray observatory, the Neil Gehrels-Swift Observatory, and the new NICER instrument onboard the International Space Station. The goal of this project is to connect results from laboratory experiments conducted at Auburn and elsewhere with remote observations and models of comets and their interaction with the solar wind, and to identify atomic and molecular processes that alter the inner coma.

Familiarity with planetary science and/or atomic and molecular physics is preferred.  Substantial familiarity with a commonly-used scientific programming language (e.g. Python, Matlab, IDL) is highly desirable.

The contact for this activity is Prof. Dennis Bodewits ([email protected]).

The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University located in Auburn AL (http://www.auburn.edu/cosam) is seeking candidates for the position of postdoctoral fellow in the sciences and mathematics.  From time-to-time, postdoctoral positions become available under a variety of research grants and projects in the college.  We are seeking applications from individuals with a PhD in any one area such as astronomy, physics, chemistry, geosciences, or related fields.  The candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment, and must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.  The position is available as a three-year, full-time 12-month appointment, with renewal possible based on performance, need, and/or funding for a maximum of four years.  These are non-tenure-track positions.  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  Review of applications will begin November 15th, 2020 and continue throughout the year as the positions become available.  Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, along with a list of three references and contact information at:  https://www.auemployment.com/postings/19536

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive community.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Science (Visiting) (Radar Studies Fellow)

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Current state: Approved
City: Houston
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Contact Person: Cynthia Svambera
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Lunar and Planetary Institute
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f03960f2-20cd-4828-9ae5-415eefc7072e&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=371369&lang=en_US&source=CC4

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Radar Studies. Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy, physics, geoscience, electrical engineering, or a related field.

The successful candidate will join Drs. Patrick A. Taylor and Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín in using ground-based planetary radar observations to characterize near-Earth objects and other planetary bodies (e.g., the Moon, Mercury, and Mars). The LPI is a partner of the Arecibo Observatory planetary radar group and closely collaborates with other facilities, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar and the Green Bank Observatory. The successful candidate will work alongside the radar team to conduct detailed studies of near-Earth objects and planetary surfaces via radar observations, data analysis, and modeling. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to carry out an independent research program and contribute to public engagement events at the LPI and, furthermore, will be encouraged to propose for external funding and participate in grant review panels and analysis/assessment groups.

At the LPI, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with scientists of many specialties (see www.lpi.usra.edu) including scientists from the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Additionally, the applicant will have the opportunity to participate in the development of the LPI’s Planetary Radar Investigation, Demonstration, and Exploration (PRIDE) laboratory for conducting controlled radar-scattering experiments. 

Required expertise includes: experience in numerical and statistical techniques, proficiency in a common astronomy programming language (e.g., IDL, MATLAB, Python), and demonstrated knowledge of planetary radar studies. Direct experience with radar observations and techniques is strongly desired, but not required. Complementary experience with astronomical/Solar System observations (e.g., optical or infrared), small-body geophysics, or astronomical instrumentation is preferred, but not required.

The position is for two years with a possible one-year extension. The candidate must be able to pass a government background investigation. Due to security restrictions, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries (see link under “ECP Notices” at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/) are not eligible.

Interested applicants should apply to the posting at USRA Careers; application material submitted outside of this platform will not be considered. The required application material includes: (1) cover letter evidencing the qualifications of the applicant to this position, (2) curriculum vitae with list of publications, (3) two- to three-page statement of research interests and plans describing the candidate’s expected independent research program at the LPI, and (4) list of at least three professional references. Application material should be uploaded as a single document. Review of candidates will begin on February 24, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Patrick A. Taylor.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Visiting) (Center for Lunar Science)

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Current state: Approved
Department: Center for Lunar Science and Exploration
City: Houston
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Contact Person: David Kring
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Lunar and Planetary Institute
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f03960f2-20cd-4828-9ae5-415eefc7072e&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=371640&lang=en_US&source=CC4

The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships in lunar science and exploration for full-time exempt positions in the Houston, Texas area. The successful candidate will join Dr. David A. Kring and over two dozen other scientists in the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, which is one of twelve national centers of excellence supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. The main goals of the Center’s activities are to address NASA’s highest lunar exploration science objectives, including activities in preparation of robotic and crewed landings. 

Applications from those with recent Ph.D.s (including those to be awarded at the end of the Spring 2020 semester) in the fields of remote sensing, petrology, and stable isotope geochemistry are encouraged to apply. 

In the field of remote sensing, the successful candidate will work at LPI, conduct high-priority science investigations and provide input needed for lunar surface missions.  In the field of petrology and stable isotope geochemistry, the successful candidate will work at the LPI and use analytical facilities at the adjacent NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and two collaborating universities to assess the abundances and evolution of volatiles in lunar samples. 

USRA offers a competitive salary and benefits package. If there are any questions about the science and exploration involved in the positions, please contact Dr. David A. Kring ([email protected]).

Interested applicants should apply to the posting at USRA Careers and must submit a curriculum vita with list of publications, a two to three-page statement of research interests, and a list of three references. There is no firm application deadline, although a review of applications will begin March 1, 2020. 

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers – on schedule and within budget.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Gender & Gender Identity / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation.

Adaptive Optics Scientist

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Current state: Approved
Department: Gemini Observatory
City: Hilo
State/Province: Hawaii
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/9eb88b35-a884-4935-9c1e-0ce6bbf2a741/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=545dd550-cdc2-4276-afb3-bf0dc2d8d14f

The International Gemini Observatory, part of the NSF’s NOIRLab, has an immediate opening for an ADAPTIVE OPTICS SCIENTIST at our Northern Base Facility.  We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Gemini Observatory. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp

We seek an individual who can thrive in a culturally diverse environment. The Adaptive Optics Scientist will play a leading role in the operations and maintenance of the Altair Adaptive Optics facility at Gemini North, and the development and operations of the GNAO Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics facility being planned for Gemini North. GNAO will be a Laser Guide Star Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics system operated as a facility class system on Gemini North.  This position will be part of the Technology Development Department within the National Optical Infrared Research Laboratory, which includes our Adaptive Optics operations and development staff across both Gemini telescopes. This position will be based at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii, with work occasionally required at the Gemini North telescope on the Maunakea summit. The position will mostly work regular office hours, however, night-shift observing duties will also be required, mostly remotely from the base facility in Hilo. Occasional travel to international destinations including Gemini South in La Serena, Chile may be required. This position will be filled at either the Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Scientist, Associate Scientist, or Scientist level depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate. The initial appointment will be for 3 years, with the possibility of extension or renewal based on satisfactory performance, operational needs and funding availability.

AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid vacation leave, parental leave and retirement benefits. 

All applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume that describes their interest in this position and their relevant experience along with three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will be scheduled for candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and complete the application process as instructed. The position will remain open until filled.

Essential Functions:

  • Supports the AO instruments and AO observations at Gemini, including daytime calibrations and tests as well as night time operations and support.
  • Coordinates with AO staff and Gemini Science and Engineering Operations to organize and manage upgrades, maintenance and improvements to Gemini AO systems.
  • Carries out observational/research projects and prepares results for publication.
  • Provides specialist advice to others on scientific exploitation of Gemini facilities.                                                                               
  • Organizes commissioning and ongoing development of Gemini telescopes, AO instrumentation and support facilities.
  • Contributes to development of software for reduction and analysis of Gemini AO data.
  • Tests, calibrates, maintains and documents new and existing astronomical equipment, including AO instruments, observing systems and software, working with engineering staff.
  • Presents scientific and technical results at astronomical meetings and symposia.
  • Maintains an interest in the scientific mission of Gemini, its relation to the wider scientific context and to the public interest.
  • Participates in observatory committees and national/international scientific organizations and meetings.
  • Contributes to public outreach and communicating astronomy to the public.
  • Serves on interview panels.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities

Qualified candidates will have a  Ph.D. in Astronomy or related field and at least 3 years of experience working with Adaptive Optics systems, preferably at a major ground based astronomical observatory. This is not a requirement for hiring as a postdoctoral fellow, but is required at any of the scientist levels.  Additional requirements include excellent technical writing, advanced computer and oral/public speaking communication skills with the ability to communicate with a wide variety of staff, visiting observers and remote investigators throughout the Gemini partnership. Must be able to work in small teams as well as work independently and possess the motivation and ability to identify and carry out new projects in a team environment while participating in the day-to-day operations of the observatory.   Possess excellent team player skills with an aptitude for dealing with practical problems and issues is necessary. Knowledge of theoretical and observational approaches to exploring the origins and astrophysical properties of celestial objects and the Universe.  Familiarity with spectroscopy, direct imaging and ground-based observing. Proficiency with astronomical software and data reduction techniques. Must be able to contribute to scientific research programs using Gemini. Must be able and willing to travel internationally and work in a culturally diverse
environment.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands as described in the Adaptive Optics Scientist Job Description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work of an Adaptive Optics Scientist is mostly carried out in an office environment near sea level. Long periods of sitting may be required.  

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

Science Fellow

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Current state: Approved
Department: Gemini Observatory
City: Hilo
State/Province: Hawaii
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 01 2020
Web Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/9eb88b35-a884-4935-9c1e-0ce6bbf2a741/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=e3dbbf67-156b-443f-9c1f-443a45a71928

The international Gemini Observatory, part of the NSF’s NOIRLab, has two openings for Science Fellow positions to perform research and support scientific operations. One position is located at the Gemini North (GN) Observatory in Hilo, Hawai’i and another at the Gemini South (GS) Observatory in La Serena, Chile. We are committed to diversity and inclusion at Gemini Observatory. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.

We seek an individual who thrives in a culturally diverse environment. Science Fellow positions are split 50/50 between research and observatory operational support work. Science Fellows at Gemini acquire significant training and experience in large ground-based telescope operations—becoming proficient both in state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and research, and in the techniques of modern, queue-based observing methods. Each successful applicant will have demonstrated research productivity, and possess the motivation and ability to identify and carry out new projects while assisting in the day-to-day operations of the observatory. They will also possess excellent teamwork skills in order to work collaboratively with Gemini staff and scientists in our international community, and participate in observatory committees and external scientific organizations.

Cover letter with CV that describes interest in this position and relevant experience, a research statement on most important research contributions, future plans and any observatory support interests (up to 3 pages) along with a list of 3 professional references with contact information required for full consideration.

Application deadline:  November 1st, 2020.

The successful candidate will be hired as a Science Fellow in the Gemini Science Fellow non-tenure track, depending on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. AURA provides a generous compensation package including health coverage, paid vacation leave, parental leave and retirement benefits.

Activities and Functions of the Job:

In this position, you will be:

  • Conducting independent research in any area of astronomy. 
  • Preparing and presenting scientific papers at astronomical meetings and symposia. 
  • Providing science support of instrumentation, telescope sub-systems, and facility.
  • Preparing nightly queue observing plans and executing queue-based observations for other astronomers in the Gemini communities.
  • Supporting Gemini users with specification of their observing program using Gemini tools, and introducing visiting observers to the telescope and instruments.
  • Conducting tests, calibration, and maintenance and developing documentation of new and existing astronomical equipment, including control and data acquisition systems.
  • Participating in development activities related to instrumentation and support facilities.

Training will be provided in these functions where needed.

Required Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities:

We seek an individual with a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or related discipline. Our telescopes and instruments specialize in optical and in IR astronomy. Therefore, we are looking for a person with experience using optical/IR observations, analyzing data and producing and publishing science results. We expect you to have a demonstrated ability to perform independent research in optical/IR astronomy. The job requires you to work in a culturally diverse environment, and sometimes to travel internationally. It is important to have good communication skills since you will have to communicate with a wide variety of staff, visiting observers and remote investigators throughout the Gemini partnership.

Preferred Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities:

Given Gemini Observatory’s telescopes and instrument capabilities, the following experiences are valued: Experience using and/or developing optical/IR telescopes and/or instrumentation and/or Adaptive Optics capabilities. Experience with working closely with engineering teams during science commissioning of astronomical instrumentation. The job will often require you to work with people from other disciplinary teams. Therefore it will be good if you have a demonstrated ability to perform well in a diverse multidisciplinary team to solve problems and issues. At the same time, it is important that you can work independently when necessary.

Physical Demands:

The work of a Gemini Science Fellow is mostly carried out in an office environment near sea level. Long periods of sitting may be required. You will be expected to perform night time duties as well as day time, working to a prearranged schedule. Given the international nature of the observatory, you may also need to travel, and occasional work at high elevation (Maunakea, 4200m; Cerro Pachon, 2700m) may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities or other considerations to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

The Gemini Observatory is part of the NSF’s NOIRLab and is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – RII

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Current state: Approved
City: Tucson
State/Province: Arizona
Category:
Country: United States
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Tuesday, November 10 2020
Web Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/9eb88b35-a884-4935-9c1e-0ce6bbf2a741/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=53f0f202-58f2-4b4b-9661-24c7db0aef37

Are you interested in making a difference to promote structural change in research Astronomy and Astrophysics?

The NSF’s NOIRLab in Tucson, AZ, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with astronomers and a larger advisory team to improve diversity and inclusion in astronomy and astrophysics research. Applicants from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply, e.g. astronomy, social science, physics, cultural anthropology, career development.   The successful candidate will lead the effort to create a database of inclusive collaborative practice that will be used to both inform and evaluate proposals for telescope time allocation and other resources from the astronomy community.    The database will be developed through review and evaluation of current good practices in astronomy and other STEM collaboration efforts, as well as, the integration of good practice examples from the literature. This database will support the Research Inclusion Initiative (RII) to be introduced as a part of the process for allocating time through the US Extremely Large Telescope Program (ELTP).

Project Description:

The Research Inclusion Initiative (RII) will support research participation of the broadest US astronomical community by specifically addressing the concerns of researchers at small and underserved institutions interested in participating in US ELTP. This program is envisioned to award telescope observing time to science collaborations, through a peer-review proposal process.

The US ELTP RII will focus on 4 primary areas of inclusion that support:

  • Policies and procedures that enable and encourage mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Opportunities for scientific networking and collaboration building
  • Technical infrastructure that enables broad participation in research
  • Science platform and other infrastructure training and support NSF funding for the development of the RII focuses primarily on preparing the astronomy community to understand and engage in novel policies and procedures that will be required as part of telescope time and other resource awards through this initiative. The RII will also expose the community to good practices around networking and collaboration to prepare them to write successful proposals.

Functional Duties:

The successful candidate will be an active partner in collaboration with the NOIRLab staff sponsor, Dara Norman, and an advisory team, in leading the effort to produce the main deliverables of the Research Inclusion Initiative development project. These are

  • A review of current practice within astronomy, astrophysics and other scientific collaborations, as well as, information on their efficacy for positive and improved science and team outcomes.
  • A database (toolkit) of examples of good practice that embody the concepts of mutually beneficial partnerships and a list of metrics to monitor how these practices function within any given collaboration.
  • Recommendations and guidelines for reviewing and ranking collaboration practices within scientific proposals.
  • Recommendations and guidelines for effective support of scientific networking and collaboration building meetings and workshops.
  • Stretch goal: Recommendations for effective science platform training activities.
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Opportunities/ Benefits:

The successful candidate will be able to devote up to 50% of their time to supporting their own research program either as part of the RII or in addition to the required functional duties.   Travel Budget includes funds for travel to allow the candidate to present their own research, as well as collect and present work on the RII toolkit project. NOIRLab offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a stimulating work environment.

The initial term of appointment will be one year, with the possibility for reappointment for up to three years, contingent on performance and on the availability of funding.

Questions regarding this position should be sent to Dr. Dara Norman, [email protected].

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ph.D. (OR M.S. with significant work experience) in Astronomy, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Psychology or closely related fields.
  • Able to lead own research program while completing functional job requirements
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Previous work with DEI research or activities in STEM
  • Experience in academic and/or professional STEM environments sufficient to understanding the culture and norms
  • Interest in the promotion of structural social justice change in science

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with database use or construction

To apply: Please submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a 2-page statement of current and future DEI and research interests, all as PDF files. Please include the names and email addresses for three people who will write confidential letters of reference. Please name any attachments with the following format: Lastname Docname.

Completed applications received by November 10, 2020 will receive full consideration, but earlier submission is encouraged.

Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

NSF’s NOIRLab offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a stimulating work environment. 

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and four international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – DECam

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Current state: Approved
Department: Community Science and Data Center (CSDC)
City: Tucson
State/Province: Arizona
Country: United States
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Saturday, October 31 2020
Web Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/9eb88b35-a884-4935-9c1e-0ce6bbf2a741/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=4114b958-f18c-4718-a76f-7fd89d374787

NSF’s NOIRLab is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship focused on data-intensive science with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) at NOIRLab’s 4m Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). The position is for two years, with a third year possible depending on performance and availability of funds. The position carries a scientific personal research funding allowance.

The successful candidate will pursue a scientific research program based on DECam observing and data mining, and will collaborate with other NOIRLab scientists and engineers to implement new software infrastructure for management, processing, and distribution of wide-field imaging data. We are especially interested in candidates with experience and interests in the areas of time-domain astronomy, multi-messenger astrophysics, Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics research using large databases, and automated image processing. Candidates are also encouraged to explore scientific and technical synergies between DECam and the forthcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) to be conducted at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

This position is hosted by NOIRLab’s Community Science and Data Center (CSDC), and can be based in either Tucson, AZ or La Serena, Chile (candidates should indicate their preferred location in their application). The successful applicant will have extensive opportunities for collaboration with CSDC staff as well as with staff at CTIO and throughout NOIRLab. Funds will be available to support the Fellow’s personal scientific research.

NOIRLab is the US national center for ground-based optical and infrared astronomy. In addition to CSDC and CTIO, NOIRLab includes Kitt Peak National Observatory and Gemini Observatory, along with the future operations of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory.

A Ph.D in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or a related field is required. Interested candidates should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by 31 October 2020. The position is available immediately, with a start date as late as 30 June 2021 being negotiable.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is mostly carried out in an office environment. Long periods of sitting and usage of computers may be required. Given the international nature of NOIRLab, you may need to travel to the various observatory sites (Arizona, Chile and Hawai’i) and other locations for business purposes.

****Most NOIRLab staff work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will interview and screen candidates virtually. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires can on-board virtually and may be able to work remotely until it is safe to report to our Tucson offices. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported.****

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

 AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity  

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. 

Scientific Programmer

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Current state: Approved
Department: Gemini Observatory
City: Hilo
State/Province: Hawaii
Country: United States
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NOIRLab
Application Due Date: Monday, November 30 2020
Web Link: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/9eb88b35-a884-4935-9c1e-0ce6bbf2a741/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=321c7d1d-ec99-4750-a50b-971f6f03bcba

NSF’s NOIRLab has an immediate opening for a Scientific Programmer at the International Gemini Observatory. The successful candidate will join our international team operating two of the world’s premier ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile.  We are looking for a talented individual to become part of the Science User Support Department at either Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii or Gemini South in La Serena, Chile.  This is a fixed-term 3-year position with the possibility of extension.

NOIRLab is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) and is the US national center for ground-based night-time astronomy. Principally sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NOIRLab operates and provides services across a range of Observatory Programs (including Gemini Observatory) with facilities in three geographic locations: Arizona, Chile and Hawai’i.  

The Scientific Programmer will join the Science User Support Department, to develop Python software to support Gemini’s principal investigators in their production of world-class scientific results in a timely manner.  In the era of multi-messenger astronomy, Gemini is developing DRAGONS (Data Reduction for Astronomy from Gemini Observatory North and South), a software suite to provide reliable, automatic reductions of science data.  This position also provides support and maintains existing, installed software used in Operations.

The ideal candidate should be a motivated self-starter who can manage multiple projects and priorities. The position requires close interaction with team members located at both Gemini North and Gemini South.

Essential Functions:

  • Contributes to the development, testing, and optimization of the DRAGONS (Data Reduction for Astronomy from Gemini Observatory North and South) core infrastructure and scientific algorithms used to assess the quality of data as it is being obtained, reduces that data for rapid access by a transient follow-up system, and provides end-users with a flexible tool to make customizable non-standard reductions.
  • Applies knowledge of astronomical concepts and techniques to the design, development, documentation, and deployment or release of data processing software for all facility instruments.
  • Follows a rigorous software development cycle from requirements and design documentation, coding standards, test driven development, and the application of quality control and configuration control methodology.
  • Writes clear technical documentation for two different audiences: end-users and developers.
  • Provides support and tutorials to external and internal users of the Gemini astronomical data reduction software.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of continuous integration test platform.

Other Functions:

  • Acts as a consultant to external instrument developers as they develop data reduction software for DRAGONS and assist in the integration, testing, and deployment of that software.
  • Through testing of the Operations software, helps maintain astronomical data reduction and pipeline software installations at Gemini North and Gemini South.
  • Contributes to the preparations of public releases of the Gemini astronomical data reduction software.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Python-based Gemini data archive.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science or related field is required; a PhD degree is preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of UNIX/Linux, Python, and Object-Oriented principles with at least two years of experience developing Python packages for public distribution is required.
  • Experience working as part of a team on a significant python software package is strongly desired.
  • Experience performing astronomical data reduction for scientific publication is required.
  • Experience providing support, especially in the area of data reduction, to users of astronomical facilities is required.
  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • Requires attention to detail, especially in developing, documenting, and testing of scientific processing software and infrastructure software.
  • Must possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to write clear technical documentation and communicate effectively with a diverse community of scientific software users and developers is essential.
  • Must be able to handle the conflicting demands of development and operations support.
  • Must be able to work in a geographically distributed team environment.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Bilingual capability in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Korean is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Software Development Life Cycle is desirable. 
  • Independence, the ability to embrace challenge, and a sense of curiosity will aid in the successful completion of the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess – sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.
  • Some travel may be necessary in or outside the United States and Chile.
  • Given the international nature of NOIRLab, occasional work at high elevation summit sites may be required (summit elevations range from 6,800 feet to 14,000 feet).  

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please submit your CV/Resume along with a Cover Letter in English (PDF files preferred). The Cover Letter should relate your education and experience to the requirements of the position and include a link (e.g. to a GitHub repository) to a sample of Python code that showcases your ability and illustrates your relevant skills.

Also, kindly provide contact information of 3 professional references in your application, as references will be contacted later in the recruiting process. 

For full consideration please submit your application by November 30, 2020. Please name any attachments with the following format: LastnameDocname. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected]

At NOIRLab we are committed to diversity and inclusion; our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at http://www.aura-astronomy.org/diversity.asp 

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected] 

AURA offers competitive salaries based on market rates and a generous package of benefits.  

** NOIRLab has all staff working virtually during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and arrangements may be made for remote work. Relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA. 

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. 

Engineer – Optical Alignment

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Current state: Approved
City: Logan
State/Province: UT
Category:
Country: United States
Contact Person: Mickelle Anderson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://jobs.sdl.usu.edu/usurf-jobs/employment/position-details?job_position_id=10426

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking an optical alignment engineer to augment our engineering teams in the development of space sensor systems operating in the ultra-violet to far-infrared. The selected candidate should have expertise in electro-optical systems and demonstrate a broad understanding of the design, development, test, and fielding of complex space electro-optical systems.

 

 SDL, a University Affiliated Research Center, has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.

 

Key Responsibilities:

· Subject matter expert in optical alignment and optical alignment tools and methods

· Mentoring optical engineers in alignment methods, error budgets, error analysis and tools

· Conducting trade studies and engineering analyses of optical alignment and tests for optical instruments

· Vendor sub-contract management including lens/mirror fabrication and optical coatings

· Investigating and advising on the feasibility of new projects

· Working closely with other engineers encompassing a broad range of disciplines (mechanical, electrical, systems, contamination, calibration, and quality)

· Identify and recommend new alignment methods, tools, and appropriate training to increase SDL’s capabilities

· Other responsibilities related to the qualifications described below

Required Qualifications:

· BS in an appropriate field (i.e. Optical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Physics)

· Experience with optical instruments and associated customers

· Experience supporting optical design with alignment and manufacturing error budgeting methods, theories, and research techniques in the investigation and solutions of electro optical problems

· Experience with optical alignment of UV/EO/IR imaging, non-imaging, and LASER systems including all optical elements (mirrors, lenses, filters, gratings, baffles, stops and detectors)

· Experience with optical test including WFE, line of site alignment, position, spot size, focus, and vignetting

· Experience with optical element inspection including WFE and focal length

· Experience with optical element cleaning and handling

· Experience writing alignment planning/procedures

· Experience supporting system level testing and verification 

· Experience with interferometers, laser trackers, and theodolites

· Knowledge of thermal, mechanical, and space environment effects of optical systems

· A track record of successful collaborations with teams of engineers

· Demonstrated proficiency communicating clearly with personnel of varying technical and professional backgrounds

· Proven proficiency as a creative thinker and problem-solver

· Must be a US citizen

· Willing to travel to support programs

 

Preferred Qualifications:

· 5+ years of experience in electro-optical system design and analysis

· Experience with optical element inspection including index of refraction, surface roughness, BRDF, Reflectance, Scratch/Dig, and contamination

· Experience with LASER testing including profile, beam waste, divergence, beam quality, and irradiance profile

· Experience managing vendor sub-contracts including lens/mirror fabrication and optical coatings

· Experience with design, analysis, and calibration of optical instruments

· Experience with CMMs, gauges, micrometers, and other mechanical inspection tools

· Experience using Zemax, CODE V, FRED, or other optical design software

· Electro optical system performance data processing

· Experience with the following:

    o Space optical systems

    o Optical alignment & metrology with interferometers, laser trackers, and theodolites

    o Optical component tolerancing, specifying, and external vendor fabrication management

    o Writing technical reports, presentations, plans, and procedures

    o Working closely with customers

    o Leading small technical teams

 

SDL Benefits:

At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package, including:

· Flexible work schedules

· Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave

· A variety of inexpensive-premium, high-quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options

· Generous employer retirement contribution (Up to 14.2% of annual gross earnings)

· Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents

· Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges

 

Instructions to applicants:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume

 

Once you’ve complete the initial application, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to complete a video digital interview. For more information, please visit: https://hirevue.secure.force.com/E2Candidate/?lang=en_US

 

Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.

 

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Scientist – Photonics Engineer

Posted on
Current state: Approved
City: Logan
State/Province: UT
Category:
Country: United States
Contact Person: Mickelle Anderson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://jobs.sdl.usu.edu/usurf-jobs/employment/position-details?job_position_id=10398

Working in conjunction with the Quantum Sensing and Timing Group at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Dynamics Laboratory is looking for a person with the desire to be both a scientist and engineer in the field of frequency comb devices, specifically microcombs.  This position is very much like a post-doc, with a strong focus on hands on experiments and results. The lab itself is an experimentalist’s dream, outfitted with state-of-the-art instrumentation, electronics, and apparatus.

 

Our goal is to use microresonator based photonic devices to make atomic navigation and timing systems. However, the problem is that no one really knows how to use microcombs devices reliably and robustly for applications beyond a research lab environment.  That’s where you would come in; to help solve the challenges of understanding and using microcombs both inside and outside the lab.

 

A successful applicant will participate in and contribute to on-going research programs within the group. It will also be necessary to be able to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance in order to hold this position; however, the research itself will not be classified.  Since this position most closely aligns to a traditional post-doc, the initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for renewal contingent on funding and performance.

 

Required Qualifications:

· Advanced degree in physics, optical/photonic/electrical engineering, or a related field

· Must be a US citizen and able to obtain a US government security clearance

· Must be willing to live and work in Albuquerque, NM

 

Desired Qualifications:

· PhD in physics, optical/photonic/electrical engineering, or a related field

· Experience with microresonator photonic devices

· Demonstrated high-level laboratory work in the field of physics or photonics

· Demonstrated ability to work independently and adapt to new projects and technical areas

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to present challenging scientific topics clearly and the ability to create well-written technical report

· Excellent team member with the ability to work in diverse teams

· Highly creative and curious in a laboratory environment

· Experience with the theory, design, and control of microresonator based photonic devices

 

· Experience with optical frequency combs based on microresonators, fiber lasers, or free space lasers

 

About SDL:

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is a nonprofit unit of the Utah State University Research Foundation, which is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). SDL has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades.

 

SDL offers flexible work schedules and competitive salaries and benefits — the salary for this position will be commensurate with experience, but within the range $80-130k. At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. SDL offers competitive salaries and a fantastic benefits package to exempt staff, which includes:

• Flexible work schedules

• Generous annual, sick, and holiday paid leave

• A variety of inexpensive-premium, high quality health, dental, vision, and life insurance options

• Generous employer retirement contribution (14.2% of annual gross earnings)

• Discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents

• Access to USU facilities and USU staff privileges

 

Instructions to applicants:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Cover Letter. This is an important aspect for our hiring team as it helps us evaluate your written communication skills and helps us get to know you! 

2) Resume or CV.

 

Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.

 

AA/EOE