A 2-yr postdoctoral position is available at Leiden Observatory to support the characterization and calibration of the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as well support the Dutch community in the use of MIRI. The position is financed by the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA).
MIRI is one of JWST’s four science instruments, offering imaging, coronagraphy, and low and medium resolution spectroscopy. The main NOVA contribution to MIRI is the medium resolution IFU spectrometer, including not only hardware but also relevant calibration and data analysis software, as well as support for the in-flight commissioning and characterization of the instrument.
As member of the MIRI/NL team the successful applicant will be directly involved in the MIRI in-flight characterization and science calibration. This will also involve development of relevant algorithms and end-user software tools. In addition, the candidate is expected to support the Dutch astronomy community in using MIRI. Some fraction of time will be available for independent astronomical research. The position has a strong focus on instrumentation, but direct involvement in MIRI science will be possible given the close links between the MIRI/NL team and several of the GTO and GO programs.
The position requires a PhD in astronomy or related field. Relevant experience with infrared spectroscopy, astronomical data processing and programming in Python or other scripting languages is strongly desired, experience with (space) instrumentation would be an asset.
The main work location will be at Leiden Observatory with close ties to the MIRI group at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen. Regular work visits to Groningen and other MIRI partners within Europe and the US will be part of the work.
Applications should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of instrumentation and research experience and interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to be uploaded on the relevant website. Review of applications will start on November 15 2021.