Observatory Scientist or Senior Observatory Scientist, Interferometry Radioastronomy

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Arecibo
Categories: Research/Grants

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Observatory Scientist or Senior Observatory Scientist, Interferometry Radioastronomy

Job Description:

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.



Office of Research – Florida Space Institute

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Work schedule may vary.

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

•  Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in physics or engineering including astronomy, space physics, planetary science, or a related subject.

•  Record of academic research achievement, or professional qualifications in the field of specialization above those which would be equivalent to the highest degree and at least 10 years appropriate experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

•  Technical knowledge of VGOS and VLBI operations. Hands on experience at observing facilities a plus. Understanding of digital systems preferred: ROACH/RDBEs, Mark5 and Mark6 systems.

•  Programming skills.

•  A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, a record of scientific publications in areas such as: pulsars, gravitational wave studies, fast radio bursts, the interstellar medium as probed by HI, OH and/or molecular lines in the Milky Way and other galaxies, properties of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, or cosmology.                  

•  Experience in applying for funding.

•  Fluency in spoken and written English, ability to speak Spanish is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is funded by contracts and grants and is contingent upon available funding.


Work location Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico.



Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF Requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, www.ucf.edu/jobs. In addition to the online application, interested candidates must also upload the following documents:

1. Cover letter;

2. A recent CV or resume; and

3. A list with the names and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of at least three professional references.


Questions about the position may be directed to Francisco Cordova, Director Arecibo Observatory, and University of Central Florida. 787-878-2612 ext. 212 (office).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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