Applications are invited for a research scientist position in the general area of X-ray astrophysics, with emphasis on high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI).
We are seeking a research scientist with expertise in instrument modeling and simulation in order to provide the Chandra X-ray Center with support for X-ray spectroscopy using the high-resolution grating spectrometers. Work will include maintenance and development of the High Energy Transmission Grating calibration model, specifically the "MARX" ray-trace simulator of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Other CXC-related tasks may include specification and development of spectroscopic analysis methods and software, calibration files, and data products.
Up to 40% of time will be available to carry out self-motivated and collaborative research in an environment that includes Chandra HETG and ACIS research scientists under the unifying topic of high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy as applied to astrophysical observations in one or more areas of hot and cool stars, supernova remnants, X-ray binaries, AGN and jets, clusters of galaxies, the ISM, and WHIM. There is also opportunity to lead in the selection, analysis, and scientific interpretation of one or more of our HETG guaranteed time observations.
We are particularly interested in candidates who are interested in ongoing instrument development related to high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy, polarimetry, timing, and imaging.
Position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics; demonstrated initiative and experience working in modern astrophysics research, preferably in high-resolution spectroscopy, instrument modeling and simulation, calibration, and data analysis. Detailed knowledge of X-ray optics and ability to develop ray-tracing code is highly desirable. Prior postdoctoral experience would be an asset.
Qualified applicants should send their CV, publications list, statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the address above. Review of applications will begin mid-December and continue until the position is filled. The start date is nominally April 2014.
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