High Contrast Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow – ID# 220025

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Archive Date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 



Institute for Astronomy. Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (Two to three (2-3) years in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), located in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.




DUTIES: Pursues innovative research related to high contrast imaging, especially in the areas of focal-plane wavefront sensing and control, coherence differential imaging, and post-processing. Duties involve working with multiple software programs and using the Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO (SCExAO) instrument on the Subaru telescope, and Near-Infrared Camera, second generation (NIRC2) and Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer (KPIC) instruments at Keck Observatory. Pursues collaborative and independent scientific research using various Maunakea telescopes. Independently prepares results for publication and writes refereed journal papers. Presents results at scientific conference proceedings. Mentors graduate and undergraduate students by guiding research. Employee will have the opportunity to apply for observing time on all of the telescopes on Maunakea.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING: PhD from an accredited college or university in Astronomy, Physics, Optical Sciences, or related field. (PhD candidates may apply but must submit evidence of PhD completion upon hire.). EXPERIENCE: One to three (1-3) years of experience in instrumentation for high contrast imaging, adaptive optics, or relevant field. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Working knowledge of astronomical instrumentation in the fields of adaptive optics or high contrast imaging. Ability to analyze data from an adaptive optics system or similar instrument. Proficiency in python, or similar language, as well as familiarity with Linux. Demonstrated capacity for independent work and capable of conducting independent research in a lively group. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete the UH Title IX training within twelve (12) months from date of hire. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to work at 14,000 feet and pass a post offer high-altitude medical examination. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures. Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).


INQUIRIES: Dr. Michael Bottom – mbottom@hawaii.edu (Hawai‘i).


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s), 5) List of Publications, 6) Statement of Research Interests. All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to rcuh_employment@rcuh.com. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.


CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2020.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.


Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.

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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020
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