Research Scientist: MIT-Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
The MKI-Kavli Institute seeks experienced candidates for the position of Research Scientist, with specialty in instrumentation for optical and/or near-infrared astronomy. Applicants should possess a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics or Physics plus a minimum of one additional year of professional experience, and should demonstrate evidence of creativity in the design and fabrication of astronomical instrumentation and execution of observing programs. Proficiency with design software including Zemax and SolidWorks is highly desirable, as is hands-on experience with optical alignment and cryogenic systems. The successful candidate will collaborate with O/IR faculty and research staff in the MKI and MIT Astrophysics Division, initially taking an architect-level role in construction of two fully funded instruments: (1) an arcminute-scale, facility-class optical integral field spectrograph for the Magellan telescopes, and (2) a wide-field near-IR camera on a dedicated 1-meter telescope for robotic transient surveys of the Northern sky. They will also maintain freedom to choose new research directions using the Magellan telescopes or other MIT facilities, and may collaboratively apply for internal seed funds to support development of future capabilities. The initial term of appointment is for two years but may be extended using existing funds upon satisfactory performance. To be considered, candidates should apply to Position #17033 on MIT's Careers Portal (http://hr.mit.edu/careers). Each applicant should submit a CV, list of publications, and a short (approximately two-page) research statement combined into one PDF with the application on the MIT Careers portal. Applicants should also arrange for three reference letters to be sent to Amanda Holley at firstname.lastname@example.org. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or Astrophysics
Minimum one additional year of post-PhD professional experience
Demonstrated creativity in the design of astronomical instrumentation and observing programs
Proficiency with Zemax or equivalent optical design software
Proficiency with SolidWorks or equivalent mechanical design software
Hands-on experience with optical alignment and/or cryogenic systems
Ability to travel for occasional domestic and international observing runs, vendor site visits, or instrument installation and servicing
Ability to work with team using software tools for project management
Strong communication skills
US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
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