The Arecibo Observatory (AO) in Puerto Rico, preeminent for its research in astronomy, planetary studies, and space and atmospheric sciences, is home to the world largest and most sensitive single-dish radio telescope. Arecibo enables world-class radio astronomy, studies of the Earth’s atmosphere, and radar observations of solar system bodies.
AO, part of the University of Central Florida (UCF), is seeking applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-earning observatory scientist in the Planetary Radar group. The research emphasis of the group is the study and characterization of near-Earth objects and other solar system bodies. Experience and interest in astronomical observations of solar system objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling are desirable. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred, but not required.
The incumbent will be expected to participate in radar observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other solar system bodies with the Arecibo Planetary radar system.
Candidates should demonstrate the ability to perform independent research, have a track record of scientific publications in planetary science, and will be encouraged to apply for partial funding.
Position Minimum Qualifications:
Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in physics or engineering including astronomy, space physics, planetary science, or a related subject, or the highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization with a demonstrated record of academic research achievement, or professional qualifications in the field of specialization above those which would be equivalent to the highest degree and at least 5 years appropriate experience.
Fluency in spoken and written English.
Postdoctoral experience is preferred.