The University of Arizona (UArizona) Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory (SO) invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates interested in program management of science driven engineering projects. This specific opportunity is related to space-based telescope and instrumentation development for high-contrast imaging applications, notably the detection of exoplanets around nearby stars. Applicants with experience in the development of complex hardware systems in any domain of the physical sciences and a desire to pursue a career in program and/or project management are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will work within the UArizona Space Astrophysics Lab (UASAL) lead by Dr. Ewan Douglas. This group is tightly coupled to the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics, Steward Observatory and the College of Optical Sciences.
Previous projects of comparable size that were managed by Steward Observatory include NIRCam for James Webb Space Telescope and the Interferometer for the Large Binocular Telescope.
UArizona SO offers a world-class research environment in space science and astrophysics with strong interdisciplinary programs across the Departments of Astronomy, Optical Sciences, and Planetary Sciences. Recently selected to build the Aspera CubeSat and home to the JWST NIRCam team, Steward Observatory provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-based radio and optical program development and applicants would be eligible to submit their own science proposals.