Detector Development Postdoctoral Fellow - ID# 220179

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
United States of America
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Institute for Astronomy. Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (two to three (2-3) years in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.




Plays a major role in the development of 1k x 1k ME1070 one-megapixel format linear mode avalanche photo-diode (LmAPD) HgCdTe infrared array for ground and space-based astronomy. Performs laboratory characterization, prepares test plan, and conducts radiation testing at UC Davis Cyclotron. Executes on-sky tests of a unique and promising infrared array technology, with dark current rates similar to CCDs, very low readout noise, and high pixel yield using UKIRT. Uses Python and Linux for lab testing and data analysis. Pursues collaborative and independent scientific research work using various Maunakea telescopes. Independently prepares results for publication and writes refereed journal papers. Presents results at scientific conference proceedings. Assists with graduate research by mentoring students at graduate and undergraduate levels. The appointment will be based at the IfA’s Hilo facility with occasional travel to UC Davis in California and to the summit of Maunakea. Will have the opportunity to apply for observing time on all of the telescopes on Maunakea.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy, Physics, Optical Sciences, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire). EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience in instrumentation. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of astronomical instrumentation in the field of infrared astronomy or detector physics. Ability to analyze data from infrared cameras or similar instruments. Proficiency in Python, or similar programming language, as well as familiarity with Linux. Demonstrated capacity for independent work and capable of conducting independent research in a lively group. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete the UH Title IX training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).


SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with detector testing or development.


INQUIRIES: Dr. Michael Bottom – (Hawai‘i).


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s), 5) List of Publications, 6) Statement of Research Interests. All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to Also, please arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent to this email address before the closing date, referencing Posting ID# 220179. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.


CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2020.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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