Job Number: REQ_0000011389


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The High Energy Astrophysics Detector and Instrumentation group at Penn State has an immediate opening for an Assistant/Associate Research Professor to work on advanced instrumentation for X-ray astronomy and upcoming orbital flight systems. A Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, or a related field is required. The current program includes development and testing of the recently approved BlackCAT CubeSat observatory which will launch in approximately 4 years, state-of-the-art solid-state X-ray detectors for use in both near-term and long-term X-ray astronomy missions, as well as other instrumentation efforts and astrophysical studies for upcoming flight mission opportunities.

Previous experience with some, or all, of the following is desired:

●astronomical detectors
●firmware and/or flight software programming
●low noise electronics
●electronic board development
●vacuum systems
●X-ray calibration facilities
●space flight hardware design, engineering, and testing

Experience with C/C++ applied to instrument systems, and/or FPGA programming skills, or other experience with embedded systems would be of particular interest. Candidates are encouraged to apply even if their experience is limited to just a subset of the topics listed above. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in other ongoing research programs within the Penn State High Energy Instrumentation group, which include: analysis of data from Chandra, XMM, Swift, Fermi, VERITAS, etc.; development of new X-ray astronomy missions; as well as the opportunity to participate in other multi-wavelength and multi-messenger efforts. The applicant will also be encouraged to develop their own programs and initiatives.

A minimum of 2-3 years of prior postdoctoral experience is required for this position. Less experienced applicants should consider applying for the postdoctoral position at: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Postdoctoral-Researcher—High-Energy-X-ray-Astrophysics-Instrumentation_REQ_0000011384-1

The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and statement of research interests. In addition, please arrange for three reference letters to be sent to afalcone@astro.psu.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of renewal. Please send inquiries regarding the position to Prof. Abe Falcone at afalcone@astro.psu.edu.

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