Associate Scientist/Research Engineer (4912)

Research Charlottesville, Virginia


Employer:National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Position:Associate Scientist/Research Engineer

Location:1180 Boxwood Estate Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Duties: Use, knowledge of, and experience with, electromagnetic device computer simulation, cryogenic system design and testing, and project management, to lead the observatory’s development of the next-generation of millimeter wave/sub-millimeter wave detectors, and the on-going work on Traveling-Wave Kinetic Inductance Parametric (TKIP) amplifiers.  Utilize technical achievement in novel microwave or millimeter/submillimeter-wave instrumentation, TKIPs, SIS (Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor) junctions, antennas, radio interferometry and arrays, and/or photonics to support the observatory and the community through functional duties. Be an active member of the Central Development Laboratory (CDL)’s millimeter/sub-millimeter receiver group working on a program of SIS junction-based designs in the development of low-noise millimeter/sub-millimeter wavelength instrumentation for use on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and on other instruments around the world.  Use low-noise mm/sub-mm wavelength receivers and related technologies, superconducting millimeter-wave electronics, microwave circuit design using modern commercially available software (e.g., CST Microwave Studio, QuickWave, Sonnet EM, Microwave Office, ADS), and cryogenic (4-K) systems to assist in the design and development of the low-noise millimeter/sub-millimeter wavelength instrumentation. Carry out an independent research program on wide-ranging subjects across engineering disciplines having synergies with NRAO facilities and mission, particularly ALMA.


Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent, in Physics, Astronomy, or closely related field plus two years of relevant experience reflecting demonstrable ability in the skill set described above.  Skill set does not need to be maintained over the full term of required experience.