Visiting Associate Scientist, Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
SOFIA / Universities Space Research Association
Moffett Field
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral Fellow on active galactic nuclei to work with Dr. Enrique Lopez-Rodriguez at the SOFIA Science Center located at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, California.’

The postdoctoral scholar will study the effects of magnetic activity in the surrounding areas of active galactic nuclei. The successful applicant will use polarimetric data from HAWC+/SOFIA, ALMA, CanariCam/GTC, and also gather new data using other facilities. We seeking applicants with experience on polarimetric modelling and/or radiative-magnetohydrodynamical models that will help the interpretation of an on-going campaign of high-angular resolution mid-/far-infrared and sub-mm polarimetric observations of nearby active galaxies.

Candidates must have previous experience using polarimetric infrared/sub-mm data, polarimetric modelling, and should hold a Ph.D. The position is for a period of two years, with a third year extension possible on mutual agreement and contingent on the availability of funding.

Funding is available for travel to conferences, visiting collaborators, equipment, and publications.


The position will be initially filled for two years with a possible extension up to three years. Please apply online using the provided link and include the following attachments:

  • Application cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Short research statement (max 4 pages)

Candidates should include the contact information for two letters of reference in the cover letter. Please send no later than June 31, 2019, we will start reviewing and interviewing candidates immediately.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute modeling techniques to predict mid-/far-infrared and sub-mm polarimetric observations.
  • Analyze and interpret polarimetric observations and models.

Required Qualifications:


  • PhD in Astronomy, or related field


  • Experience in polarimetric modeling of active galactic nuclei.
  • Good track record of publications in leading scientific journals.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Experience in astronomical programming (Python or similar).
  • Evidence of potential for high level of achievement as an independent researcher.
  • Ability to work as a team member to accomplish goals.

Working Conditions:

This job primarily operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. Extensive online usage. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit, use hands.  Keyboarding for large time spans each day will be a significant part of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  The employee may be exposed to moving equipment, vehicles and mechanical parts.  The noise level in the work office environment is typically mild.  The environment on the aircraft during flight operations may become noisy and tiring. The employee must be capable of performing all duties in a technical / scientific setting including offices, laboratories, shops, and aircraft maintenance facilities as well as on the aircraft / observatory, both while on the ground and during flights.  The employee may need to lift and / or move up to 50 pounds.


These positions are stationed at NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, and will be expected to participate and/or lead several observing runs at observatories throughout the world.

Applicants should apply to the posting at . Additional information on USRA can be found at


USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Ben Tanis
Talent Acquisition
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United States of America