Postdoctoral Research Position in Exoplanet Imaging and Adaptive Optics at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University

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Saturday, September 4, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 30, 2021
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
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452 Lomita Mall
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The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University seeks recent Ph.D. scientists for a postdoctoral research position in exoplanet imaging and adaptive optics to work with Professor Bruce Macintosh. The position will involve work on the upgrade of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) and its recomissioning at Gemini North. GPI is an advanced adaptive optics coronagraph/spectrograph that has recently completed a large-scale survey of young stars in the southern hemisphere. The GPI 2 upgrade will incorporate a EMCCD pyramid sensor, new real-time controller, new coronagraph masks, focal-plane speckle estimation, and new modes for the integral field spectrograph. This position will focus on adaptive optics control, wavefront calibration and sensing, integration and testing and science during the first-light campaign.

Candidates should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or engineering within the last 5 years. There will also be the opportunity to work with existing GPI data and planning science for other future exoplanet imaging missions, and to maintain an independent research program. Knowledge of adaptive optics, Fourier optics, exoplanet imaging, or astronomical instrumentation will be an asset. Ability to work well in a respectful, collaborative project and clearly document results is critical. Contact Bruce Macintosh for further information.

The positions offer excellent benefits ( and salary and are generally made for a term of three years. Applicants should apply at the AJO site for KIPAC Postdoctoral Fellowships, and indicate an interest in the EXOPLANET position in the checkbox when they apply. Application materials should be submitted at Review of applications will begin Monday, November 1, 2021.

More information about KIPAC can be found at KIPAC is committed to an inclusive work environment and encourages applications from candidates who will diversify the workforce in astrophysics and cosmology.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 1, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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