Postdoctoral position in optical astronomy

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Computational Physics, Inc.
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Springfield, VA
United States

Job Description

Computational Physics, Inc. seeks a recent Ph.D. scientist for a research position in optical astronomy to support our customers at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. The successful candidate will conduct research using online photometry archives such as Gaia, ZTF, and WISE to understand the multi-wavelength morphological characteristics of active galactic nuclei and quasars, especially blazars. There will be a focus on the time domain and variability.  He/she will also pursue photometric monitoring campaigns using both USNO and non-USNO telescopes. There will be opportunities for publication. The position is located at the USNO in Washington, D.C. A small amount of travel may be required. Partial telework may be authorized. There are no deadlines for application and selection. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

    • Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, engineering, or related field.
    • Proficiency in Python, including demonstrated skill with object-oriented programming.
    • Experience applying statistical methods to data, such as non-parametric tests, maximum likelihood estimators, or Bayesian methods.
    • Experience with photometric data reduction and calibration.
    • Experience using archival space-based photometry.
    • A publication record appropriate for a recent Ph.D.
    • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Additional Desirable Qualifications
    • Experience with synthetic photometry and spectral energy distribution fitting/decomposition.
    • Experience with spectral data analysis and fitting.
    • Experience with the engineering or characterization of CCD or CMOS/sCMOS detectors.
    • Experience using SQL, ADQL, or TAP queries to mine databases.
    • Research background in active galactic nuclei.

To apply, please send your CV in confidence to [email protected]. In the subject line, please write "optical astronomy." A cover letter is optional. Applications will be reviewed and acted upon as they come in; application and selection deadlines are nominal only.

CPI was founded in 1984 and has been an important contractor at the USNO since 2008.

CPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an employee-owned company.

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Medical insurance, dental insurance, vision coverage, paid vacation and sick leave, paid Federal holidays, 401(k) plan, employee stock ownership plan (not stock options; CPI is an employee-owned company), profit-sharing plan, and other benefits.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Jan 04
Application Deadline
2024 May 29


Richard Cember