Postdoc in X-ray optics with the International Axion Observatory

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Columbia University
Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position at Columbia University to conduct research with the International Axion Observatory (IAXO) program.

IAXO is the leading next-generation axion helioscope, designed to search for axions from the Sun that are reconverted into X-ray photons via a strong laboratory magnetic field. BabyIAXO, a preliminary experiment, will advance technology for all IAXO subsystems at relevant scale while also offering novel physics reach and discovery potential. 

We are seeking a talented applicant to take a leading role in construction of the core X-ray optic for BabyIAXO, commissioning, and preparation for data analysis. Ideal candidates will have experience with instrumentation, as well as astro/particle physics simulation and data analysis tools.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 1, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Start date: The anticipated start date is June 2024, but earlier or later start-dates may be possible.

Requirements: The successful applicant must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related discipline by the arranged start date. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an anticipated renewal for up to three years.

Application: Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and statement of research interests (2-3 pages) to the email below. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to this address:

Prof. Kerstin Perez
[email protected]
subject line: Postdoc in X-ray optics with the International Axion Observatory

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that values contributions — through research, mentorship, and/or service — to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. More information on the Columbia University Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion can be found here:

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran Employer.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Range
$65,000USD to $70,000USD
Included Benefits

Benefits are those associated with an Officer of Research, with more details here:

Compensation Notes

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to available budgets, qualifications, and experience. The above hiring range represents

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Sep 07
Application Deadline
2023 Oct 15


Prof. Kerstin Perez