Postdoctoral position in astronomical instrumentation for exoplanet imaging

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 27, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Liège
Department Name: 
STAR Institute
City: 
Liège
State/Province: 
Liège
Zip/Postal: 
4000
Country: 
Belgium
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The STAR Institute of the University of Liège is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research position in the field of wavefront sensing applied to high-contrast imaging. The successful candidate will contribute to two on-going projects. The first project (SALTO, 2018-2021) aims to develop and operate a laser-guided adaptive optics system in collaboration with an industrial partner. This project will be used as a robotic AO pathfinder for astronomy applications and for optical telecommunications, and as a technology platform for new wavefront control concepts. The second project (NNExI, 2019-2023) aims to develop and demonstrate new focal-plane wavefront sensing techniques for high-contrast imaging, leveraging the power of machine learning. During the first year of the position, the successful applicant will be in charge of integrating and testing the AO module for SALTO. The work will then shift to the development and laboratory demonstration of new focal-plane wavefront sensing techniques, which will require upgrades to our high-contrast imaging testbed. Participation to on-sky test campaigns will also be considered.

A successful candidate must hold a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and have experience in optical/infrared instrumentation. Applications should include:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae and a list of publications
- a statement of current and future research interests (up to 2 pages)
The application in pdf format should be sent by email to olivier.absil@uliege.be. The applicants should also provide the names and details of three referees who could be contacted for reference letters. Complete applications received by 24 January 2020 will receive full consideration. The preferred starting date of the appointment is April 2020, although we would accept starting dates up to July 2020. The appointment is initially for two years, with renewals for a third and fourth year contingent upon satisfactory progress.

Included Benefits: 

The positions come with full benefits and a competitive salary.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 24, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Olivier Absil
Title: 
Dr
Institution/Company: 
University of Liège
Department Name: 
STAR Institute
Country: 
Belgium
Phone: 
+3243669724
Email: 
olivier.absil@uliege.be
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Olivier Absil
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Postdoctoral position in astronomical instrumentation for exoplanet imaging
Email: 
olivier.absil@uliege.be