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NRC Research Associateship Programs

at Space Science Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 20375

Optical Sensor Development for Astrophysics
Cheung, Teddy CC (
Christophersen, Marc (

Event Details:

Monday, August 1, 2022


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Space Science
Washington, DC,
United States

Opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

Optical Sensor Development for Astrophysics

This opportunity combines NRL Space Science Division programs in nano-fabrication and observational astrophysics being pursued in parallel to develop optical sensors for astronomy applications. Sensors combining multi-spectral imaging, polarization, and/or high-timing resolution capabilities are particularly desirable, in order to characterize astrophysical variables and transient sources. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in any or all aspects from design, fabrication, and data acquisition and analysis.

Prospective candidates interested in nano-fabrication can participate in the following. Focal plane devices fabricated using facilities at the NRL NanoScience Institute (NSI) include Fabry-Perot etalons for multi-spectral imaging and on-chip micropolarizers. The candidate can contribute to filter design, numerical modeling of device performance, and in-lab data acquisition from prototype devices and commercially-available sensors. Methods utilized include electron beam lithography, metal reactive ion etching, and use of optical scanning equipment. Experience in these or similar methods are desirable though not required; if needed, the candidate can gain experience in these skills as an NRC associate.

Optical high-energy astrophysics research being pursued as part of this program involve monitoring and characterization of galactic and extragalactic variables and transients. Prior experience in astronomical data acquisition, calibration, and analysis, involving spectroscopy, multi-band photometry, or polarimetry are desirable, particularly in an observatory setting. The candidate can participate in acquiring data from and testing prototype devices and related (multi-spectral, spectrometers, polarization, and/or high-timing resolution) commercially-available sensors mounted on small (8-inch and 12-inch) telescopes, ultimately aimed for remote operation.

Open to Postdoctoral applicants that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


  • Base Stipend: $87,198.00
  • Travel Allotment: $3,000.00

Advisers: Cheung, Teddy CC phone: 202.404.7202 and Christophersen, Marc phone: 202.404.2884

Note: NRL Research Associateship Awards are made for one year. Awards may be renewed for a second and third year, upon mutual agreement. NRC application deadlines are throughout the year (quarterly) with the next four being: 11/01/2021, 02/01/2022, 05/01/2022, 08/01/2022

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