NRC Research Associateship in Astrophysics

US Naval Research Laboratory

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Application deadline:
Job category: Postdoc/Fellowship
Research field:
ID: 3093


The Radio Astronomy Section at the Naval Research Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral position in astrophysics. Active areas of study include multi-wavelength (radio, Sunyaev-Zel'dovich, X-ray) studies of galaxy clusters, AGN feedback, high redshift radio galaxies, polarization/Faraday rotation measure studies, planetary radio emission and low frequency surveys. The section currently operates the VLA Low-band Ionosphere and Transient Experiment (VLITE), which records a 64 MHz bandwidth centered on 352 MHz from 10 NRAO JVLA antennas during the majority of observations made by the JVLA. VLITE is being upgraded to increase the number of operational antennas, and will provide supporting data for the upcoming NRAO VLA Sky Survey.
The NRC position provides substantial freedom for the candidate to pursue research interests that fit well within the overall scientific interests of the Section. Candidates are encouraged to explore the scientific potential of the VLITE data archive as well as to propose to radio facilities such at the JVLA, GMRT, LOFAR, MWA, LWA and X-ray instruments such as Chandra and XMM-Newton.
Desirable experience for a successful candidate includes: familiarity with radio interferometry (preferably low frequency), python, analysis of Chandra or XMM/Newton data, expertise in study of extrasolar planets, AGN and/or galaxy clusters.
Applications should be pursued through the NRC Research Associates Program ( NRL-NRC fellows must have held their doctorate for less than five years at the time the award is offered. Applicants submit an original research proposal for review by the NRL-NRC advisor and subsequent evaluation by an external NRC panel. US citizenship or legal US permanent residency is required ( The next deadline for submission to the NRC is February 1. NRL also participates in the May 1 and August 1 deadlines. Positions are generally for two years with a current annual stipend of $76,378.
For further information contact Tracy Clarke (