Leon Van Speybroeck Post-Doctoral Fellowship in X-ray optics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Institution/Company: 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
City: 
Cambridge
State/Province: 
MA
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for the Leon Van Speybroeck (LVS) post-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) to participate in the development of high angular resolution X-ray optics. The Fellowship is named after Dr. Leon Van Speybroeck, the Telescope Scientist on NASA's Chandra and Einstein X-ray Observatories, whose technical leadership resulted in the exquisite Chandra images seen today. An LVS fellow will contribute to design, development, alignment and testing of adjustable X-ray optical systems, and will participate in the studies of the Lynx mission concept. The Fellow will work in a laboratory environment but should also be knowledgeable in computer programming for modeling and analysis of data. The LVS fellowship appointment is for three years. There is a possibility afterwards of joining the SAO optics development team as a staff researcher, pending review of progress and availability of funding. The applicant must complete a PhD in astronomy, physics, engineering, optics, or a related field. Ideal candidates should have experience in optical, structural, and overall performance analysis of telescopes. Knowledge of the unique requirements of space telescopes is advantageous. This position is available immediately but the starting date is negotiable. The funding for 2018-2019 will consist of a stipend of approximately $67,000 and a modest personal research budget up to $8,000 per year for conference travel and small equipment or computer purchases. Applicants should send electronic copies of their resume, a two page summary of their research, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Paul Reid, preid@cfa.harvard.edu. Applications received by April 15, 2018 will be given full consideration. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

Pay Compensation
Stipend: 
$67000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Additional personal research budget up to $8,000 per year for conference travel and small equipment or computer purchases
Included Benefits: 

The appointee can receive the health and dental insurance plans offered to SAO postdoctoral fellows.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Paul Reid
Title: 
Dr.
Institution/Company: 
SAO
Street Line 1: 
60 Garden St
City: 
Cambridge
State/Province: 
MA
Zip/Postal Code: 
02138
Country: 
United States of America
Email: 
preid@cfa.harvard.edu
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Attention To: 
Paul Reid
Subject: 
LVS fellowship
Email: 
preid@cfa.harvard.edu