Project Scientist in Exoplanet Observation and Instrumentation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California Santa Barbara
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Santa Barbara
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The research group of Professor Ben Mazin ( at UC Santa Barbara seeks an Assistant Project Scientist who is a talented observational astronomer and instrumentationalist to help build and use cutting edge visible and near-IR superconducting instrumentation for Astrophysics.

The successful applicant must hold a PhD in Physics, Astronomy or a closely related field. The successful applicant will be skilled at mechanical and optical design and finite element modeling using computer assisted design tools, especially Autodesk Inventor and Zemax. Experience with project management on complex scientific instruments would be useful. A proven scientific publication record and experience with complex data analysis would be useful.

The successful applicant will make significant and creative contributions as part of a team involving graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and professional engineers to build instruments for the largest telescopes in the world. The successful applicant will assist in commissioning these instruments in the field.

We are looking for someone truly talented at building things with a proven track record and a keen interest in Astrophysics to contribute their high-level skills to this project. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy. Initial appointment is one year with extensions granted contingent on performance. Longer term employment is likely.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and 3 letters of recommendation before the December 1, 2017 deadline for primary consideration. Thereafter the position is open until filled. All applications must be received through UC Recruit at

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.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 5, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Ben Mazin
Worster Chair in Experimental Physics
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