The School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in astrophysical instrumentation with immediate effect. The successful candidate will work as part of the Experimental Cosmology Laboratory with Dr. Michael Zemcov, primarily focused on the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER-2) sounding rocket payload. CIBER-2 is an optical/near-IR instrument designed to observe fluctuations in the extragalactic background light, currently readying for its first flight. The successful applicant will be responsible for integrating and characterizing the CIBER-2 instrument, fielding it at White Sands Missile Range, and leading the data analysis effort following flight. Multiple flights are expected. The postdoc is expected to spend most of their time on CIBER-2, but can also be involved in personal or other projects in RIT’s Experimental Cosmology Lab (examples include the TIME sub-mm spectrometer and NASA’s SPHEREx mission). If of interest, RIT permits postdoctoral researchers to be primary instructor on undergraduate Physics and Astronomy courses, which can be negotiated as part of a plan of work.
A successful candidate must hold a PhD in astronomy, physics (experiment), or a related field by the starting date of the position. Experience in astronomical instrumentation, whether on ground-based, sub-orbital, or orbital, is preferred. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research interests, and the names of three references, with the package prepared as suggested in the AAS Postdoctoral Application Guidelines (https://jobregister.aas.org/postdoc-application-guidelines). The application should be submitted online at http://careers.rit.edu/staff ; search openings, then search for position number 4518BR.
Complete applications received by 1 June 2019 will receive full consideration; however, applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. The earliest starting date of the appointment is July 2019. The appointment is initially for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year based on performance and availability of funding.
The city of Rochester offers outstanding cultural and outdoor activities. It is consistently highly ranked among U.S. cities in terms of overall quality of life thanks to the region’s affordable housing, cultural attractions (including one of the world’s premier music schools, a world-class symphony orchestra, an annual international jazz festival, and outstanding museums), ease of commuting, and low crime rate. Located in upstate New York on the shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester is close to the Finger Lakes region, Niagara Falls, and Toronto.
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