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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Wyant College of Optical Sciences

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

Posting Number: req19803

Department: James C Wyant Coll Optical Sci

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Optical Engineering and Fabrication Facility at the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences invites candidates to apply for an opening as Postdoctoral Research Associate I. The group specializes in advanced optical systems, from building small instruments to fabrication of large mirrors and assemblies (up to 6.5 m) for astronomy and aerospace applications. Current research interests include a laser communication instrument, large innovative mirror systems for ground and space applications, precision wavefront sensing and control, and optical metrology. In the lab, the successful candidate will advance optical metrology and wavefront sensing and control capabilities for large telescope optics and systems.

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

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform optical metrology for meter-class optical mirrors and systems.
  • Design, plan, and conduct research for wavefront sensing and active/adaptive optics.
  • Integration and testing of wavefront sensing capabilities with meter-class optics.
  • Contribute and participate in the authorship of research publications and presentations.
  • Collect, analyze, and graph data; conclude research projects in a timely manner; write reports and manuscripts.


  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work collegially and effectively as part of a team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Optical Sciences, Astronomy, Physics, Engineering or related field upon hire.
  • Demonstrated experience with optical metrology or wavefront sensing and control.
  • Demonstrated experience with scientific programming (MATLAB, Python, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience using interferometers and other instruments for optical testing
  • Demonstrated experience in: optical software for design and analysis of optical systems;working with active/adaptive optics for astronomical telescope systems; building motion control systems; drafting detailed written procedures.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $61,008-$61,428

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)

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