AS-R/Physical Science Research Scientist

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AS-R/Physical Science Research Scientist

Stanford University

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AS-R/Physical Science Research Scientist in X-ray Detector Development

The X-ray Astronomy and Observational Cosmology (XOC) group at Stanford University has an opening for a Research Engineer to work on detector development for new X-ray satellite missions.

The XOC group hosts a dynamic team engaged across many fields of astrophysics, including studies of compact objects, galaxies and galaxy clusters, and cosmological measurements utilizing large, multi-wavelength surveys. Hardware efforts within the group are focused on the development of readout electronics for large area detectors to be deployed on future X-ray astronomy missions, including the Wide Field Imager for the Athena satellite ( and next-generation CCD detectors for NASA missions, such as the proposed Lynx X-ray Observatory ( These detectors will be required to provide unprecedented levels of performance.

The ideal candidate for this position will have significant expertise in microelectronics and, specifically, high-performance analog integrated circuits. Experience with sensor modeling, studies of signal and noise in circuits, equivalent noise charge, low-noise amplifiers, charge amplifier design, input transistor optimization, time-variant and time-invariant filters, and analog and digital signal processing would be an advantage. The position will entail schematic design and entry, circuit simulation, layout and verification processes, and test measurements of the manufactured microelectronics in both standalone configurations and integrated into full X-ray detector systems.

Applicants should have, or be in the process of completing, a Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering or a related discipline, or have an equivalent level of experience in electronics development. Applicants should provide a CV, a publication list, a 3-page statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted through the web interface at The appointment is expected to begin on or around January 1st 2021 and will be for two years in the first instance. Some flexibility in the start date, sooner or later, is possible. The position carries competitive salary and benefits.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Further information about the XOC group may be found at Informal inquiries about this position may be addressed to Prof. Steven Allen ([email protected]) and Sven Herrmann ([email protected]).

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 6280
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: R99
  • Requisition ID: 87039


Location: Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 9/2/2020
Application Due: 9/2/2032
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