The interferometry group at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is accepting applications for National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral positions in astronomical optical interferometry using the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI). The NPOI is one of the world's premier long baseline optical interferometers, carrying out research at visual wavelengths in imaging circumstellar material and stellar surfaces, observing binary stars to determine fundamental parameters, and measuring stellar diameters and limb darkening. The NPOI has also initiated a testbed program for imaging of geostationary satellites. NRL provides significant research opportunities with the NPOI in astronomical research and instrumentation, including work on advanced beam combination techniques and the application of adaptive optics to interferometry. NRL's Remote Sensing Division, of which the optical interferometry group is a part, includes astronomers working across the spectrum from long-wavelength radio to X-rays.
Applications are pursued through the NRC (http://www.nas.edu/rap). NRL NRC postdocs must have held a doctorate for less than five years when the award is offered. Awards are initially for one year (current stipend $74,872, plus $3000 travel allowance) and are renewable for at least one additional year. Applicants submit an original research proposal through the NRC for review by the NRL advisor and evaluation by an external NRC panel. US citizenship or legal US permanent residency is required. NRL participates in the NRC application cycles with deadlines on Feb. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1. For further information, contact Dr. Tom Armstrong at the address above, Dr. Ellyn Baines (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr. Henrique Schmitt (email@example.com. EOE/AAE
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