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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Dr. Steve Ertel

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Posting Number: req18552

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The department of Steward Observatory is seeking applicants to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position.

The successful applicant will work on the Nulling Observations of exoplaneTs and dusT (NOTT) instrument, a new nulling interferometer being developed for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer. They will develop the tools and strategies for observing exozodiacal dust with the instrument, including simulating the instrument performance through using and adapting existing tools, optimize the observing setup and calibration plan, augment the data reduction pipeline, and compile a survey target list and science plan. Once the instrument arrives at the telescope, the successful applicant will contribute to instrument commissioning and to analyzing and publishing the results. Preparatory / synergetic research for NOTT (e.g. observations other instruments) may also be carried out. The candidate will also have the opportunity to join the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) team and will be supported with obtain own grant funding.

Application deadline is 1/30/2024.

Review date will be 1/15/2024 with an expected start date in March 2024.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

* Preparation and execution of exozodiacal dust observations with NOTT, execution of these observations, analysis and publication of the results.

* Pursue own, independent research.

Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have completed all the requirements of a Ph.D. in related field by the time of hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with instrumentation work related to interferometry and/or infrared instrumentation.
  • Experience with instrument performance simulations.
  • Experience with software development.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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