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Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

X-ray Instrument and Mission Development

Location

Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Space Science

RO# Location
64.15.89.B3033 Washington, DC 203755321

Advisers

name email phone
Teddy CC Cheung teddy.cheung@nrl.navy.mil 202.404.7202
Matthew Kerr matthew.kerr@nrl.navy.mil 202.767.1217
Paul S. Ray paul.ray@nrl.navy.mil 202.404.1619

Description

The High Energy Space Environment Branch at NRL has an active program in X-ray astronomy and related applications, and we are seeking candidates interested in X-ray instrumentation and mission concept development. We have a strong interest in X-ray timing and spectral studies of compact sources (neutron stars, black holes, and white dwarfs), particularly X-ray pulsars and low-mass X-ray binaries. We also work on applied topics such as the use of X-ray pulsars as natural sources of navigation and timekeeping information. We collaborate closely with NASA/GSFC and will use the modulated X-ray sources developed there to test X-ray instrument concepts built at NRL. 

The successful candidate will have the experience necessary to build and operate laboratory instrumentation involving X-ray optics, detectors, and electronics. In addition to the hardware work, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on science with current missions including NICER, Fermi, NuSTAR, and Swift. The candidate will also contribute to new mission concept development from small instruments hosted on DOD spacecraft to the probe-class NASA mission concept STROBE-X. 

Keywords:
X-ray; Optics; Instrumentation; Navigation; Pulsars; Neutron Stars; Black Holes; Astrophysics; Astronomy; Physics; Detectors; Black holes; White dwarfs; X-ray astronomy

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$87,198.00 $3,000.00
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