The Experimental Astrophysics Group at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work primarily on the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope - BLAST. The long running BLAST program has had four Long Duration Balloon (LDB) flights from Antarctica and Sweden observing early dusty star forming galaxies as well as star formation in the Milky Way. Our ambitious 5-year NASA program will utilize a new 2.5 meter mirror and a new cryogenic receiver with 2000 kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs) with the goal of studying the role of magnetic fields in star formation. The next LDB flight from Antarctica is planned for December 2016.
The successful candidate will be involved with all aspects of the program. In particular, hardware and software skills related to the integration of the ROACH detector readout and flight control system will be especially helpful. Our group is also heavily involved with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and the MUSTANG instrument on the GBT. Participation in all of our programs is encouraged.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in physics or astrophysics. The appointment may begin as early as February 1, 2014, but no later than September 1, 2014.
The appointment is for of two years, with the possibility of extension for a third year contingent upon mutual agreement.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief description of research accomplishments in a single PDF file. Please arrange for three letter of recommendation to be sent directly to Mark Devlin. All materials and inquiries should be sent to Mark Devlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.