Postdoctoral Associates

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department Name: 
Haystack Observatory
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Postdoctoral Associates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Westford, MA

Full time



The Radio Astronomy Group at the MIT Haystack Observatory seeks two postdoctoral associates to join a group that conducts research into active galactic nuclei (AGN), star forming molecular clouds, astrophysical masers, low-frequency thermal and coherent solar radio emissions, and cosmic hydrogen in the early universe. The group places strong emphasis on hardware and software development and the use of novel instrumentation to generate new scientific capabilities. Haystack has made major contributions to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) array, has led the development of a phased array capability for ALMA, developed groundbreaking systems for low-frequency instruments, and is implementing new astronomy capabilities for the iconic and world-class 37-meter antenna at the site. The astronomy group specializes in observational radio astronomy, emphasizing strong synergy with technical development activities that span radio science sub-disciplines. The successful candidate will contribute to this team and assist with the processing and publication of existing datasets in various science areas. An affinity for contributing on both technical and scientific fronts is expected, with the technical work focusing on software for data reduction and analysis.


Required Qualifications:


· Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field of physics

· Experience working with and analyzing complex, multifaceted datasets, with evidence of successful problem-solving in this context being highly desirable

· Knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn the principles of radio interferometry and interferometric imaging

· Evidence of strong software skills


Preferred Qualifications:


· Firm grasp of mathematics and statistics

· Fluency in Python, C, C++

· Familiarity with Linux

· Experience debugging, designing, and building software packages for data handling and analysis


Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 20369.


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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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