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JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - Postdoctoral position in Astronomical Instrumentation for the Subaru GLAO project.

August 10, 2021
Last updated: August 11, 2021

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has positions open for a postdoctoral researcher who will work on the research and development related to ULTIMATE-Subaru project, a next-generation instrumentation program for the Subaru Telescope, which consists of a Ground Layer Adaptive Optics (GLAO) and wide-field near-infrared instruments. The term is up to three years in duration, with possibility of extension. We expect applications from scientists and engineering scientists who are willing to actively take on new challenges in this field.

NAOJ has been operating the 8.2m Subaru Telescope located atop of Maunakea, Hawai`i. The wide-field observation capability with excellent spatial resolution of the Subaru Telescope makes it one of the most scientifically productive ground-based telescopes in the world. ULTIMATE-Subaru is a forthcoming facility instrument project of the Subaru telescope, which will expand the Subaru’s wide-field survey capability to the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength. The project consists of two instrumentation programs: a ground layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system and wide field near-infrared instruments supported by the GLAO. ULTIMATE-Subaru will realize a unique capability of high spatial resolution observations in a wide-field of view and pioneer a new observational parameter space in the exploration of the universe at the NIR wavelength.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of adaptive optics, science instruments, or related astronomical science at the Subaru Telescope. A successful candidate for this position is expected to engage in either of the following tasks:

(1) conduct design analysis, performance optimization, development, characterization, and commissioning of the GLAO system
(2) lead the commissioning of the GLAO prototype instrument (Laser Tomographic AO module for the existing facility AO) at the Subaru telescope to assess its performance, conduct engineering/science observations, and provide feedback to the design of the GLAO system.
(3) evaluate and optimize the expected performance of the wide-field near-infrared instruments in collaboration with the ULTIMATE-Subaru science team.

The position also provides an opportunity for the successful candidates to conduct their own research program in astronomy or related field.

As qualifications for this position, applicants must hold a PhD in astronomy, physics, optical engineering, or a related field, and have experience and skills in either astronomy, optical/infrared instrumentation, and/or optical engineering.

To apply the position, please go to, click on “Job Postings”, and search for the Job ID “221360”. Applications should include 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume (including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a statement of current and future research interests), 3) Supervisory References (including names and details of three referees who could be contacted for reference letters), and 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by September 30, 2021 (11:59 P.M. Hawai`i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time).

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