Post-Doctoral Associate in UV Experimental Astrophysics

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jul 2, 2024

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Post-Doctoral Associate in UV Experimental Astrophysics

Job Description:

A Post-doctoral Associate in UV Experimental Astrophysics position is available to work UV space instrumentation with Dr. Keri Hoadley in the Department of Astronomy beginning Fall 2024.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in research related to a variety of ultraviolet (UV) experimental astrophysics topics with Prof. Keri Hoadley’s UV Space Lab (HUSL) at the University of Florida (UF). HUSL engages in active research, development, testing, and qualification on cutting edge grating technologies for space-based platforms, designing/implementing novel UV suborbital and space instruments (suborbital, Pioneers, and Explorer-class), and are heavily involved in ground and space based science projects across a broad range of scientific topics, including, but not limited to: the circumgalactic and intergalactic media, the interstellar medium, planet-forming disks, star formation and massive star characteristics, and (non-)compact object mergers/collisions.

Our group seeks a qualified candidate to lead current and planned state-of-the-art technology development programs at UF. Applicants will obtain foundational training in how to lead their own research laboratories, including leading day-to-day planning and management of ongoing projects, grant writing preparation and guidance, and how to build their own, unique research programs. Applicants with experience working with astronomical instruments and/or technology are preferred, but prior experience is not required. Applicants are encouraged to show strong problem solving skills and creativity.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey.

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Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package. To see more, visit,

Minimum Requirements:

Must have PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or other relevant space sciences. This position will be initially awarded for one year, and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct and availability of funds, may be renewed for up to three years.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience developing a (semi-)independent scientific research program with the purview of HUSL’s research expertise (and/or the expertise of the applicant).

Experience overseeing the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel UV high-dispersion blazed gratings being developed using nanofabrication technologies;

Experience participating in mission design, development, and execution for NASA Astrophysics suborbital/Pioneers mission (e.g., Aspera, SNOUT, UVIa);

Experience leading and/or support the design and optimization of UV telescopes and components (e.g., polarization modules, high-resolution spectrographs and optics) for suborbital and space platforms;

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, and (3) the names and email addresses of three references must be provided. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 12, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The Department of Astronomy is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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