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 (https://jobs.uiowa.edu/postdoc/view/3868) with a Curriculum Vita, the name and contact information for three (3) references, a research statement, and a list of publications.