University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:UBC-Department of Physics and Astronomy-RA1 [#27156]
Position Title: Research Associate Adaptive Optics Engineer and Research Scientist for multi-object adaptive optics
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1z1, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / optics
Appl Deadline:2024/03/20 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2024/02/13, listed until 2024/03/20)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Prof. Scott Chapman invites applications for an engineer and research scientist position at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia supporting the Gemini Infra-Red Multi-Object Spectrograph (GIRMOS) instrument for the Gemini-north telescope.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the design and build phases of the GIRMOS instrument, focused on the multi-object adaptive optics system. The candidate will also be expected to take a leading role in the GIRMOS Scientific Collaboration. Qualified candidates will have strong background in many aspects of engineering and instrumentation development in astronomy, with an expertise in adaptive optics, and a strong record of development specifically for multi-object adaptive optics and open loop control, as well as familiarity with computing and system administration. The hiring team views the following as assets but not requirements: experience and interest in astronomical data analysis and software development; a proven ability to lead projects within a collaboration; a PhD or equivalent degree in a related field. The position will be based from UBC, with a majority of time spent at the GIRMOS-MOAO lab in Victoria.

The successful applicant will devote half of their time to GIRMOS development, 30% to the REVOLT-GOLD open loop experiment designed to retire risk in GIRMOS, and spend 20% on other research directions in collaborator with Prof. Chapman. They will work closely with national and international collaborators co-developing these instruments through virtual meetings and communications.

The successful applicant will be embedded with the UBC GIRMOS group (PI Prof. Scott Chapman and team) working on the Critical Design Review phase of GIRMOS, the subsequent build, integration, and testing phases of GIRMOS, and the REVOLT-GOLD open loop adaptive optics experiment on the DAO 1.2m telescope.

The University of British Columbia is located in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Campus is a roughly five hour trip by car and ferry to Victoria where the GIRMOS labs are located at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO). UBC is home to strong efforts in astrophysics, observational astronomy, and data science.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a cover letter and a CV along with the names and contact information for three professional references. In your cover letter, please briefly address your plans for and/or past contributions to a culture of equity and inclusion. Applications will be reviewed starting on March 20, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

The position will ideally start before the end of the calendar year. This is a three-year position with the possibility of renewal, with a competitive annual salary of $70,000-86,000 CAD, depending on experience. UBC offers Research Associates a wide ranging benefits plan that includes extended health and dental coverage, paid parental leave, and more. Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Faculty Pension Plan.

UBC and the GIRMOS team are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all team members. We strongly encourage researchers from underrepresented groups in physics and astronomy to apply. This position is accessible to researchers with disabilities and working environment and/or time constraints.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For inquiries, please reach out to schapman[at]

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325-6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1