Assistant Scientist in Experimental Astrophysics (CMS) (70014)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks a full-time, non-tenure track Assistant Scientist in Experimental Astrophysics, beginning March 2021. The position is time-limited and it is supported by project grants and is initially for a one-year period, expected to be renewed on a year-to-year basis, for a several year period, contingent on funding and performance. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

The selected candidate is expected to take a leading role in the design, development and testing of the charge management system (LISA-CMS) for the LISA mission. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a NASA-supported ESA-led space-based gravitational wave observatory aimed at detecting mergers between massive black holes and other gravitational wave sources which emit in the 100uHz to 100mHz frequency range. The European part of the scientific payload is the responsibility of the LISA consortium while NASA will provide the telescope, the laser system and the charge management system. As the payload is highly integrated, collaborating with the LISA consortium will be essential for the space mission and supporting this collaboration is expected from the selected candidate.

The CMS consists of UV-LEDs, the power supplies, and a fiber injection system that will deliver the UV light to the gravitational reference sensors (GRS) which are currently being built by groups in Italy. Our group just finished a prototype unit at technical readiness level (TRL) 5 and is now moving towards building and space-qualifying the TRL 6 unit. The LISA-CMS work also includes lifetime and performance testing of large numbers of UV-LEDs as well as a reliability and redundancy analysis of the entire design.

* Hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in experimental astrophysics or physics at the time of appointment,

* Has a good understanding of the LISA mission,

* Has experience in qualifying optical and electrical subsystems for space missions,

* Has very good communication skills and experience in public outreach.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae with publication list, (3) a research statement, and (4) three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfolio submission packet. Questions should be directed to the search chair , Prof. Guido Mueller, at Applications will be reviewed beginning February 18, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

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

The selected candidate will be required to provide an 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 educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the 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. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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