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Postdoctoral Researcher
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Illinois
 
 
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Date Posted 07/17/2021
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The McEntaffer Research Group (mcentaffergroup.psu.edu ) is looking to fill a postdoctoral position within the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. The group specializes in the design, fabrication, and implementation of grating-based astronomical spectrographs. There are three main areas of our research group:

  • We study nanofabrication techniques for UV and X-ray reflection gratings.
  • We are involved with multiple NASA suborbital rocket launches.
  • We have several additional projects that have grown from our nanofabrication experience.

Applicants with a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics and experience in the three areas listed above are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with the NASA suborbital rocket program is required. Experience with optics, nanofabrication, silicon-based detector systems, and electrical engineering is highly desirable. This position will lead the assembly and implementation of the Rockets for Extended-source X-ray Spectroscopy (tREXS) suborbital rocket payload. This involves alignment and integration of the optical system, alignment and integration of the grating arrays, management of the grating fabrication, testing and assembly of the detector, integration of the detector and associated electrical systems, implementation of the ground support equipment, and management of activities leading to and during NASA integration.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a CV and contact information for three references.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary will be in accordance with postdoctoral salaries at Penn State.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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CURRENT EMPLOYEES OR STUDENTS:

If you are a current employee (faculty, staff, technical service, or student) at Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . If you are a current student at Penn State and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The McEntaffer Research Group (mcentaffergroup.psu.edu ) is looking to fill a postdoctoral position within the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. The group specializes in the design, fabrication, and implementation of grating-based astronomical spectrographs. There are three main areas of our research group:

  • We study nanofabrication techniques for UV and X-ray reflection gratings.
  • We are involved with multiple NASA suborbital rocket launches.
  • We have several additional projects that have grown from our nanofabrication experience.

Applicants with a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics and experience in the three areas listed above are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience with the NASA suborbital rocket program is required. Experience with optics, nanofabrication, silicon-based detector systems, and electrical engineering is highly desirable. This position will lead the assembly and implementation of the Rockets for Extended-source X-ray Spectroscopy (tREXS) suborbital rocket payload. This involves alignment and integration of the optical system, alignment and integration of the grating arrays, management of the grating fabrication, testing and assembly of the detector, integration of the detector and associated electrical systems, implementation of the ground support equipment, and management of activities leading to and during NASA integration.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a CV and contact information for three references.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary will be in accordance with postdoctoral salaries at Penn State.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Affirmative Action

Penn State Policies

Copyright Information

Hotlines

University Park, PA

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