Job OpportunitiesIf you want to do cutting-edge physics but also enjoy working with your hands, we may be the group for you. We enjoy the full process: from initial design, through building, debugging, data taking and final analysis. Our experiments are often done in the field: either deep underground (searching for dark matter) or in space (X-ray sounding rockets and satellites).
Post-doctoral PositionsWe have a post-doctoral opening working on the Micro-X payload:
POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, to work on the commissioning and first flights of the Micro-X High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket. Micro-X will fly the first transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter array in space and acquire high-energy resolution X-ray images of the Puppis A and Cas A supernova remnants. Work includes integration, testing, launch activities, and astrophysical data analysis surrounding this new payload.
REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy and hardware experience. Experience with either sounding rockets, millikelvin cryogenic systems, or transition-edge sensors is desired. MIT-00007513
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding availability.
In addition to applying online with a curriculum vitae, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Professor Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano, MIT, 37-602A, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307.
We currently have one openings for the fall 2013:
Micro-X Rocket / X-ray Astrophysics Student
The Micro-X Rocket payload is scheduled for launch in the Spring of 2014. We are looking for a new graduate student in our astrophysics program that will be involved in multi-wavelength supernova remnant analysis and rocket hardware development. The student will analyze data from our first flight and be involved in the second and third Micro-X flights.