Postdoctoral Associate in Experimental Astrophysics (57689)

Gainesville, FL
Dec 28, 2019
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Postdoctoral Associate in Experimental Astrophysics (57689)

Gainesville, FL
Open Date:
Dec 23, 2019

The Experimental Astrophysics group at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate position in ALPS, LIGO, and LISA beginning as early as February 1, 2020.

The axion-like particle search (ALPS) experiment is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. The main experiment is located at the Deutsche Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany. The interested postdoc is expected to work on the research, development and the design of the ALPS experiment as well as a follow up experiment to measure vacuum birefringence. Most of the work will be performed at the University of Florida although some travel to DESY is required. 

The LIGO group at the University of Florida carries out research on LIGO instrument science related to the Input Optics of the LIGO interferometers, materials studies for future interferometers, and research on controls for gravitational-wave interferometers. The interested candidate is expected to participate in all aspects of this research. 

LISA is the leading candidate for ESA’s L3 mission which is expected to be supported by NASA and the US scientific community through NASA grants. The interested postdoc is expected to work on tests related to the interferometry measurement system such as experimental tests and simulations of the telescope and the optical bench. While most work will be performed at UF, some travel to Goddard Space Flight Center and to ESA-member states in Europe is required. 

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.


Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in physics. Experience with lasers and optics.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Ideal candidate for this position have experience in laser interferometry, optical cavities, length and alignment sensing and control systems as well as digital data acquisition and signal processing systems.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted at online and must include a cover letter and complete curriculum vitae. In addition, and three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfolio submission packet. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2020 as received and the position will remain open until filled.

For further information please contact Prof. Paul Fulda [email protected].

The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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

Final candidate will be required to provide 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 education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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