The Arecibo Observatory (AO), part of the University of Central Florida (UCF), is seeking a talented observatory scientist or senior observatory scientist in Interferometry Radioastronomy in Puerto Rico. The Arecibo Observatory (AO) is famous for its outstanding research in radio astronomy, solar-system studies, and space and atmospheric sciences, is home to the world’s second largest radio/radar telescope. AO invites applicants to apply for the observatory scientist positions in observational radio astronomy, preferably with Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) experience. The selected applicants will be expected to participate in enabling Arecibo’s user community to obtain the best possible scientific results from the telescope, and pursue their own cutting-edge research programs. Development of novel observational techniques as well as the commissioning of new observing equipment are of importance. Overall, these positions are expected to be 75% service and 25% independent research. The selected candidate will be encouraged to apply for grant funding.
Appointment level will be commensurate with experience. Innovative job pairing/sharing will be
considered. Duties may include but not limited to:
• Lead very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) science at Arecibo Observatory.
• Support and develop VLBI observing at the Observatory, including by interacting with users and other staff at the Observatory, particularly the telescope scheduler and the electronics and IT departments, and with national and international VLBI consortia.
• Plan and carry out VLBI observations with Arecibo.
• Lead science observations and shape short term and long term strategic plans for the site in radio astronomy.
• Support and develop radio astronomy observations, including interacting with both users and other observatory staff, in particular the telescope scheduler, and the electronics and IT departments.
• Contribute to general observatory service and support tasks, as well as carry out independent research programs aligned with the interests of the observatory. The selected candidate is encouraged to apply for grant funding.
• Contribute to strategic planning at the observatory, particularly with reference to their area of expertise.
• Interact with scientists and students at UCF main campus, UMET, and UPR. The position may involve mentoring observatory postdoctoral staff or of graduate or undergraduate students.