Research Associate in Gamma-ray Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Street Line 1: 
320 Sparkman Drive
Street Line 3: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a Research Associate III to assist in writing software for the upcoming Glowbug GRB instrument, which is a gamma-ray instrument for the Space Station. The incumbent will help achieve the goals of the project and will assist with research as proposed.
The Research Associate’s primary focus will be gamma-ray burst science; multi-instrument analysis is encouraged. There will also be opportunities to conduct research using data from Fermi GBM. Fermi GBM has a major role in multi-messenger astronomy, already having detected GRB 170817A. Other GBM science topics include pulsars and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. The position could also involve contributing to the development of some of the future space instruments that UAH is part of: TRYAD, BurstCube, StarBurst or LEAP. TRYAD will be a pair of CubeSat to observe Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes. BurstCube will be a CubeSat to observe short GRBs. StarBurst is Pioneer-class SmallSat to observe short GRBs. LEAP is funded for a Phase A design study of an instrument on the Space Station to measure polarization in GRBs. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Michael Briggs, the Deputy Principal Investigator of Fermi GBM, Principal Investigator of the TRYAD CubeSat project, and a co-investigator of BurstCube, Glowbug, StarBurst and LEAP. The position will be housed in UAH's Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and located in the University's Cramer Research Hall, which also hosts the Department of Space Science and University and NASA/MSFC scientists. The position entails collaborating with the UAH, NASA/MSFC and USRA Fermi GBM team in Huntsville and scientists at other institutions worldwide. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in producing high quality software.
The successful candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Computer Science; 2 - 3 1/2 years of full-time verifiable work experience in scientific programming. Master's degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Physics is preferred; experience in custom programming for data analysis or instrument software is desired; experience in programming with python, C, C++, or Fortran is preferred; experience in high-energy astrophysics data analysis or interpretation, gamma-ray burst experience is desired; experience with particle detector technology is preferred
The approximate starting salary is $52,216 - $60,000 with an excellent benefits package ( To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit a complete CV, a cover letter detailing experience and three references.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$52216.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 


Application Deadline: 
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Reviewing Applicants
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