Haystack Observatory is a laboratory within MIT whose mission is to carry out cutting edge research in the field of radio science through development and deployment of innovative new instrumentation. Among the current projects at the observatory are next generation ionospheric radar systems, digital backend instrumentation for astronomical interferometric arrays, and flexible wideband radio receivers for Geodetic VLBI. Scientific studies include space weather and ionospheric studies, Very Long Baseline Interferometry observations for studies of the solid Earth, ultra-high resolution imaging of super massive black holes, low frequency imaging of the Sun, and detection of remnant radio signals from the early Universe. Common technical elements across projects at the Observatory allow shared resource allocation with a priority placed on maximizing efficiencies. Many current projects have strong collaborative or international components that require cooperative efforts with other institutes.
Job Description: MIT Haystack Observatory is seeking a Principal Research Scientist to lead and grow an established program in Geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) techniques and their applications. Consideration will be given to individuals who offer an established reputation in geodetic science, a strong grounding in physics, electrical engineering, or instrumentation, and a track record of academic leadership. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a significant reputation in the field of Geodesy. Application areas of specialization may cover multiple topics ranging from the study of sea level rise to spacecraft navigation. He or she will be expected to provide overall leadership of the Geodesy program at MIT Haystack Observatory, which is a recognized world leader in geodetic VLBI, and to formulate strategic directions, which may include new geodetic applications that utilize MIT Haystack's expertise in radio science methods. This position will oversee technical development and implementation of state-of-the-art VLBI geodesy systems, as well as methodologies for processing, synthesizing, and applying VLBI geodetic data as part of a suite of terrestrial reference frame measurement techniques.
Qualifications/Requirements: Ph.D. in physics, earth sciences, astronomy, electrical engineering, or related field and 5 years experience is required. Preferred areas of expertise include VLBI techniques and methods, computational methods, and engineering of complex scientific instrumentation systems. Appointment to this position requires an established academic track record in geodetic science or a closely related field, as well as a demonstrated ability to lead a research and development team and to maintain and build sponsor relationships. Also required are strong leadership and project management skills, excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, experience presenting research at academic and industry conferences, and the ability to identify funding sources and write successful proposals. Supervisory experience is desired. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 2-3 page statement of research and goals, and names and contact information of at least four individuals who will provide letters of recommendation. Send applications to MIT Haystack Observatory, ATTN: PRS Search Committee, Route 40, Westford, MA 01886-1299.