The physics department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer. The successful candidate will develop high-contrast polarimetric techniques that will be applied to future instruments and telescopes to detect planets and circumstellar disks in reflected light. The position will be lab-based, but will provide opportunities to carry out observational programs and maintaining an independent research program will be encouraged. The appointment is for two-years and is fully funded, with the possibility of an additional year extension contingent on performance and funding.
Applicants must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, optics or a closely related field at the start of the appointment. Practical laboratory experience is desirable, and knowledge of Fourier optics and polarization theory is encouraged, but not necessary.
The start date is nominally Sept. 1, 2021 but is negotiable (no later than Dec 31, 2021). For inquiries, please contact Max Millar-Blanchaer (email@example.com). Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, publication list and a research statement, and should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted. More details on AcademicJobsOnline. The position will remain open until filled, but applications submitted by Dec. 31, 2020 will be given primary consideration.
The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.