Assistant/Associate Research Professor - High-Energy/X-ray Astrophysics Instrumentation [closing 08May2021]

Country: USA;

City: PA

Vacancy added: 10.04.2021

Employer: Penn State University

Vacancy type: PostDoc vacancy;

For whom: For lecturers; For researchers;

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Resumes due: 08.05.2021


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.

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