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 email@example.com. 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.
The positions come with full benefits and a competitive salary.
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