University of California, Santa Barbara, Physics

Position ID:UCSB-Physics-ASTROPDOC [#16957]
Position Title: Postdoc - Astronomy
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Santa Barbara, California 93106, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astronomy
Appl Deadline:2020/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2020/09/23, finished 2021/05/05, listed until 2021/01/12)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The physics department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue innovative research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer. The successful candidate will develop high-contrast polarimetric techniques that will be one day applied to thirty-meter class telescopes to detect planets and circumstellar disks in reflected light. The position will primarily be lab-based, but will provide opportunities to carry out observational programs. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to maintain an independent research program. The appointment is for two-years and is fully funded. There is a possibility of an additional year extension contingent on performance and continued funding. Scientists at UCSB have privileged access to the twin Keck Observatory telescopes (, Lick Observatory (, and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network ( UCSB provides a stimulating research environment with faculty and staff pursuing a broad range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics (, and the Kavli Center for Theoretical Physics ( hosts several astrophysics workshops each year. Applicants must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, engineering, optics or a closely related field at the start of the appointment. Practical laboratory experience is highly desirable, and knowledge of Fourier optics and polarization aberration theory is encouraged, but not necessary. The start date is nominally Sept. 1, 2021 but is negotiable and should be no later than Dec 31, 2021. For inquiries, please contact Max Millar-Blanchaer ( Applicants should submit a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list and a brief research statement summarizing previous accomplishments, current interests and future plans. Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted. The position will remain open until filled, but applications should be submitted by December 31, 2020 for primary consideration. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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UCSB Dept. of Physics
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9530