Postdoctoral scholar in experimental astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Notre Dame
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
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225 Nieuwland Science Hall
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Notre Dame
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics, invites applications for a position as postdoctoral scholar to work with Professor Justin R. Crepp and Dr. Jonathan Crass in experimental astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. The successful applicant will work on commissioning activities and early science using the iLocater spectrograph (

iLocater is a precision Doppler spectrometer currently under construction at Notre Dame for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona. Delivery to the telescope is expected in 2023. Operating at the diffraction limit, iLocater uses adaptive optics and single mode fibers to generate high spectral resolution (median R=188,000) at near-infrared wavelengths to search for planets around nearby stars.

Applicants with a background in optical & IR instrumentation or astronomical spectroscopy are particularly encouraged to apply. The appointment is for two years, with a third-year contingent upon performance. Base salary will be commensurate with experience.

The Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame is committed to developing and sustaining an inclusive and supportive environment for all in our community. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented minorities in STEM. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. 

The successful applicant will receive health care and benefits through Notre Dame's employee program ( More information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame can be found at

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications include a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field, strong communication skills, and leadership qualities. Experience in any of the following areas is desired but not required: astronomical detectors, control systems, vacuum and thermal systems, adaptive optics, fiber optics, commissioning, astronomical spectrograph data processing. 

Submit the following items online at AJO to complete your application:

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
Three references (just names and email addresses)

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 14, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 11, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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