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Direct Imaging Science Postdoc - Physics Department/Mazin Lab

Position overview

Position title: Postdoc Scholar Employee
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: October 10, 2022 or later
Position duration: 2 year

Application Window

Open date: September 14, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 29, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Physics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is seeking a post-doc with experience in direct imaging to work with SCExAO/MEC and MagAO-X/ARCONS. The successful applicant will use both of these cutting instruments to do direct imaging science on exoplanets, brown dwarfs, and disks. In addition, the applicant will have the opportunity to do some instrumentation work focused on push on fast focal plane CDI to improve contrast as well as the freedom to develop their own projects. The start date for the position will be October 10, 2022 or later.

The initial appointment is for 2 years. There is a possibility of extensions contingent on performance and continued funding. Questions about this position should be directed to the Department using the help contact email address below.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. or similar degree in the fields of Astronomy, Physics, related fields OR be currently enrolled in a PhD program at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. in the fields of Astronomy, Physics, or related field is required by time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

It is preferred that the candidate have experience in direct imaging observations and data analysis, or in an adjacent field, but not required.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

References will be asked for letters discussing their experience. Applicants must solicit letters from their references within UC Recruit.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA