The Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS) at UC San Diego seeks an outstanding postdoctoral scholar to collaborate with Prof. Shelley Wright on optical and near-infrared astronomical instrumentation programs. The successful applicant will work in the CASS Optical and Infrared Laboratory and participate in the design and development of the Panoramic SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) instrument program, with opportunities to work on IRIS for Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and Liger for W. M. Keck Observatory.
Panoramic SETI is an ambitious new instrumentation program that aims to design and implement a dedicated observatory that is capable of detecting optical and near-infrared fast-transients. IRIS is the first light diffraction-limited near-infrared integral field spectrograph and imager for TMT. Liger is the next generation near-infrared integral field spectrograph currently being design for Keck Observatory.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or engineering by the start of the appointment (early to mid-2019). Preference will be made for those candidates with prior experience in optical/infrared instrumentation with hardware and/or software. The appointment will be for two years initially, with additional year(s) renewal based on performance and funding availability. The position will offer some level of support for independent research, with research and travel funds available. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
To apply, please submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and brief (3 page) statement of research interests and experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. Three letters of recommendation should also be directly emailed. All materials must be received no later than December 20, 2018.
UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. AAE/EOE