Post-Doctoral Research Associate High-Contrast Imaging and Adaptive Optics

Princeton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate or more senior research position starting Fall 2016 or later.  A Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Optics, Physics, Applied Physics, or a related area is required. 

The position supports work in our laboratory for high-contrast imaging. The high-contrast imaging laboratory (HCIL) at Princeton works with NASA on the development of concepts for searching for and characterizing extrasolar planets.  We are looking for an excellent experimentalist with laboratory optics experience.  The successful candidate will help develop advanced coronagraph designs, test new techniques and algorithms for high-contrast imaging, and support advanced adaptive optics development (on the ground and in space) for astronomical imaging.   The candidate will also work with Professor Jeremy Kasdin on NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Telescope mission (Professor Kasdin is the Adjutant Scientist for the coronagraph instrument).

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and available funding, for a total of up to three years.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applicants must submit their vitae, including a list of publications and presentations, a summary of research accomplishments and interests, and the names and addresses of at least three potential references online at, requisition #1600909.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.