Princeton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position starting Spring 2012 or later. A Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Optics, Physics, Applied Physics, or a related area is required.
The position supports work in our laboratory in high-contrast imaging. The high-contrast laboratory at Princeton works with NASA on the development of concepts for searching for and characterizing extrasolar planets. We are looking for an excellent experimentalist with laboratory optics experience. The successful candidate will help develop advanced coronagraph designs, test new techniques and algorithms for high-contrast imaging, and support advanced adaptive optics development (on the ground and in space) for astronomical imaging. In particular, the successful candidate will lead the recently awarded Technology Demonstration of Exoplanet Missions project to raise the technology readiness level of two sequential deformable mirrors for wavefront control with a shaped pupil coronagraph. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and available funding, for a total of up to three years.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu with their vitae, including a list of publications and presentations, a summary of research accomplishments and interests, and contact information for at least three potential references.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.