We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in high-contrast imaging at the Leiden Observatory Astronomical Instrumentation group. The applicant will work together with Dr. Sebastiaan Haffert on the development of technology for high-contrast imaging instruments for the Extremely Large Telescopes. We are searching for applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: high-contrast imaging, adaptive optics, and instrument design. Applicants should demonstrate a proven research track record, be an enthusiastic communicator capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a research team and will have excellent interpersonal skills. The candidate will possess very good planning and time management skills to ensure their research objectives are achieved effectively.
The applicant will work together with Dr. Haffert to set up an extreme adaptive optics testbed at Leiden Observatory to test a variety of new instruments as part of a NOVA-wide program, involving three other universities and the NOVA laboratories. The precise instrument project will depend on the applicants’ interest. The astronomical instrumentation group is planning to expand over the next several years using a recently awarded NWO roadmap grant. The instrumentation group at Leiden Observatory is also involved in many different high-contrast imaging instruments such as VLT/SPHERE, ELT/METIS, ELT/PCS, Magellan/MagAO-X and GMT/GMagAO-X.
The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility for a further one-year extension subject to a review during the second year. The position comes with a competitive salary and full benefits. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics before the start date of their appointment.
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Applications should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2023/SnellenPD
We will start reviewing applications on Dec 15 and welcome new applications until the position is filled. A complete application includes a cover letter, CV, publication list, and a two-page statement of research experience and interests. In addition, applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be uploaded to the same link.