Optical Systems Scientist at the CHARA Array The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking applicants for an optical laboratory scientist position. CHARA operates the CHARA Array, an optical/IR, long baseline interferometer located at Mount Wilson Observatory (www.chara.gsu.edu). The Array collects the beams from six telescopes, uses a laser metrology system to correct for path length differences, applies adaptive optics corrections for non-common path errors, and then sends the light into an optical laboratory with five beam combiners with differing wavelength coverage and spectral resolution. We are seeking an individual to lead the instrumentation program in our beam combining laboratory and delay line building. This will include, but is not restricted to, overseeing, performing, and improving the regular optical alignments and configurations as part of our observing program, working on the development of new instruments, and overseeing the training of other staff members on day to day alignment procedures.
The successful applicant will need professional experience in working with electro-optics and in particular systems associated with stellar interferometry, such as precision metrology, integrated optics, optical fibers, adaptive optics, and servo-control systems. The workplace is the Mount Wilson Observatory north of Los Angeles, California.
Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) PhD (or BS with equivalent years experience) in astronomy, physics, engineering or a closely related field; 2) significant expertise in optics with work experience in one or more of the following areas: optical devices, fiber optics, mechanical and electrical design, cryogenic cooling, alignment, and computer control of instruments; 3) evidence of the ability to work in a collaborative effort; 4) a working knowledge of computer controlled systems.
Applications should include: 1) CV; 2) statement of the candidate's professional interests and accomplishments, and how they relate to the CHARA Array; 3) contact information for at least three references. Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Theo ten Brummelaar (email@example.com) or Dr. Douglas Gies (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications received by April 30, 2021, will receive full consideration.
An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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