Postdoctoral Associate - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) (85334)

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 19, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

The Precision Space Systems Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida is seeking to fill a postdoctoral scholar position in the area of space technology development for drag-free inertial sensors for the NASA-ESA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) gravitational wave observatory and future Earth geodesy missions beyond GRACE-Follow On . This position may also contribute to the development of intersatellite laser ranging and laser communications technology for the NASA CLICK CubeSat mission . Appointments as Research Scientist may be considered for candidates appropriate qualifications.

Be a technical lead for space technology development and flight hardware fabrication and testing for the LISA Charge Management Device and for precision accelerometers for future Earth geodesy missions. Technical expertise involves some or all of the following: Capacitive sensors, mechanisms and mechanical design, digital and analog electronics, and optomechanics, including fiber optics. Mentor graduate and undergraduate students involved in these projects and support technical and programmatic reports and reviews, journal articles and conference presentations.

Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and/or Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Astrophysics or a closely related discipline.

Knowledge and experience in a sub-set of the following topics is desired: Design, development, fabrication, integration and testing, flight operations for space flight programs; Mechanical/thermal design for space systems; Fiber-coupled lasers and LEDs and associated analog current drivers; Digital electronics, microprocessors, and FPGAs; Development of flight software/firmware for microprocessors and FPGAs, including VHDL; Experience with laboratory experiments, including the use of vacuum systems, UV and IR light sources and detectors, data acquisition and instrumentation.

Please send a letter of interest highlighting research and long-term goals, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three or more references.

Final candidate will be required to provide 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 education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by 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.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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