Research Scientist II

Job description

The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking applicants for an optical laboratory scientist position. CHARA operates the CHARA Array, an optical/IR, long baseline interferometer located at Mount Wilson Observatory (  It is the most powerful instrument of its kind for making images of distant stars.  The Array collects the beams from six telescopes, uses a laser metrology system to correct for path length differences, applies adaptive optics corrections for non-common path errors, and then sends the light into an optical laboratory with five beam combiners with differing wavelength coverage and spectral resolution.  

We are seeking an individual to lead the instrumentation program in our beam combining laboratory and delay line building. This will include, but is not restricted to, overseeing, performing, and improving the regular optical alignments and configurations as part of our observing program, working on the development of new instruments, and overseeing the training of other staff members on day to day alignment procedures. The successful applicant will need professional experience in working with electro-optics and in particular systems associated with stellar interferometry, such as precision metrology, integrated optics, optical fibers, adaptive optics, and servo-control systems. The workplace is the Mount Wilson Observatory north of Los Angeles, California.

PhD and five years of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

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04/30/21, 8:59:00 PM

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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 6/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time