Post Doctoral Research Position in UV & X-ray Experimental Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2022
Archive Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Iowa
Department Name: 
Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
203 Van Allen Hall
Iowa City
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in research related to ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray experimental astrophysics with Prof. Keri Hoadley’s UV Space Lab (HUSL) and Prof. Casey DeRoo’s X-ray optical lab at the University of Iowa. Both research groups work on the cutting edge of new UV/X-ray grating technologies for space-based platforms, designing/implementing novel UV/X-ray suborbital and space instruments (SmallSats, Explorer-, and Probe-class), and are heavily involved in ground and space based science projects across a broad range of scientific topics, including but not limited to: circumgalactic, intergalactic, and interstellar media; star and planet formation; and (non-)compact object mergers. 

Our groups seek a qualified candidate to lead current and planned state-of-the-art technology development programs at Iowa. Applicants will obtain foundational training in how to lead day-to-day planning and management of ongoing projects, grant writing preparation and guidance, and how to build their own, unique research programs. Applicants with experience working with astronomical instruments and/or technology are preferred, but prior experience is not required. Applicants are encouraged to show strong problem solving skills and creativity.

The applicant will lead in one or more current and planned projects, including but not limited to:

- overseeing in the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel UV high-dispersion blazed gratings being developed using nanofabrication technologies at Iowa;

- gaining hands-on experience with mission design, development, and execution for NASA missions; and

- leading the design and optimization novel UV/X-ray telescopes for suborbital and space platforms.

This is a planned 3-year assignment, with the option for additional support thereafter (subject to funding and progress, to be evaluated on an annual basis). Applicants should apply for the position using the Jobs@UIowa portal ( with a Curriculum Vita, the name and contact information for three (3) references, a research statement, and a list of publications.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$65000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

The University offers a full benefits plan that allows you to match your benefit dollars to your personal needs; one of the few such plans in higher education.

- Comprehensive health insurance plans
- Comprehensive dental insurance plans
- Domestic partner coverage for same and opposite-sex partners

Spending accounts:
The University provides the option to deposit pre-tax money to use toward eligible health and dependent care expenses. Post-doctoral scholars whose salary is subject to state and federal taxes are eligible to participate.

Participation in a Retirement Plan is mandatory for scholars with taxable income. The scholar has a choice of participation in either the IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System) plan or TIAA-CREF. Both the University and the scholar contribute to the plan elected.

Paid leave:
The University provides an annual paid leave of 15 working days and annual sick leave of 18 working days.

For more detailed information, please visit The University of Iowa's Benefits web site:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 27, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Keri Hoadley
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