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Assistant Research Scientist

The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences

Tucson, Arizona 85721
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1st Shift
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • Research
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Job Details

The College of Optical Sciences is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Research Scientist. The successful applicant will participate with a team analyzing instruments for the measurement of exoplanets at visible wavelengths and will also investigate the role of instrument polarization (vector-waves) on image quality. This role will include research of scattered light in exoplanet coronagraphs which are applied to the spectral characterization of terrestrial expoplanets in the NASA HabEX and LUVOIR or similar systems. Model, design, build and test coronagraph subsystems and systems as needed. 

  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.
  • Position will be active for one year (January 2, 2018 through December 31, 2018) and may be renewed if funding is available.
  • The candidate is expected to support and advance Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.
Job Duties:
  • Collaborate with Professors Chipman and Breckinridge to model and develop optics technologies for the detection and characterization of terrestrial exoplanets using the next generation of space telescopes.
  • Participate in regular team meetings as required.

To apply please click here.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.
  • PhD in Optical Sciences, Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics or ECE with background in simulating image formation in complex optical systems and experience using ray-trace design programs such as CODE-V or Zemax.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in vector diffraction, linear optics, propagation of E&M waves, metal & dielectric thin films, SNR calculations and the design & construction of instruments.
  • Data analysis and interpretation.
  • Evidence of successful independent research.
*Special Instructions to Applicant:
  • Please provide copies of scientific and technical published papers along with your CV.
  • CV must contain dissertation title, date, name of adviser and a list of courses completed
  • Letter of Interest must include a statement that describes education and experience relevant to the required qualifications listed.

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