Postdoctoral Position in Instrumentation for mm/submm Astronomy/Cosmology

We are seeking to hire a postdoc to participate in the development of millimeter and submillimeter detectors and associated technologies for continuum imaging.  We have four ongoing developments that the successful applicant would work on:
 
  • gradient index, antireflection-structure silicon lenses using deep reactive ion etching and wafer bonding to assemble lenses from individual silicon wafers.
  • crystalline silicon as a dielectric for kinetic inductance detector (KID) capacitors and superconducting microstripline
  • microstrip-coupled titanium nitride KIDs
  • multiscale phased-array superconducting antennas for mm/submm wavelengths
 
These technologies will be applicable to future multiband mm/submm cameras for the study of CMB polarization, galaxy clusters via the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, and dusty sources such as dusty, star-forming galaxies and star forming regions and the ISM in our galaxy.


 
The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work on analysis of existing Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect data compiled on 45 clusters with Bolocam, especially joint analyses with Planck and other data sets, as well as on simulations of the science return of future instruments for the above areas of study.


 
Applicants should have:
  • a PhD in astronomy, physics, or closely related field relevant to the above technical developments
  • strong technical skills in experimental measurements and their analysis and interpretation.  Experience with superconducting detectors such as KIDs, SIS mixers, HEBs, or TESs and/or mm/submm/radio optics will be particularly useful.
  • the ability to work independently, set priorities, multitask, seek technical input from diverse sources, and maintain good familiarity with related technical developments
 
The position is for a term of 1 year with the possibility of two or more one-year reappointments assuming satisfactory performance and availability of funding.  Applicants should send a CV, publications list, and a statement of research interests to golwala@caltech.edu, and arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to the same address.  Applications received by December 31, 2016 will receive full consideration, but review of the applications will continue until the position is filled.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.