Pulsar Post-Doctoral / Research Scientist, Arecibo Observatory

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USRA is seeking a pulsar researcher to join its radio astronomy group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

 Facilities at Arecibo include the 305-m telescope and its complement of receivers spanning 300 MHz to 10 GHz, along with backends capable of processing up to 800 MHz of bandwidth.

The staff member will be expected to carry out a research program that addresses significant issues in pulsar astrophysics using Arecibo and other facilities. Research projects done by current staff include searches for pulsars in unidentified Fermi sources, undirected pulsar searches, pulsar timing, and studies of radio magnetars and transients. 

In addition to conducting research, the successful candidate will perform service activities, such as supporting external users of the telescope; contribute to the development of instrumentation, software, techniques, or documents that improve the Observatory's capabilities; participate in education and public outreach; and contribute to astronomy group activities.

Junior scientists (less than 3 years post-PhD) will spend approximately 75% of their time on research, with the remainder dedicated to service, while senior scientists will dedicate approximately 75% of their time to service tasks, spending the balance on research.

A PhD in astronomy or a related field, with experience in pulsar research, is required. Applications will be considered starting on August 1, 2013, continuing until the position is filled.

USRA offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications. USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. Our work crosses multiple disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations, such as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.  We engage the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers.

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ARECIBO, Puerto Rico, United States
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