Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Cosmology
The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman) project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) invites applications for multiple positions with the Roman Project Science Team.
Roman is a NASA astrophysics flagship mission expected to launch in the mid-2020s that will perform wide-area and time-domain surveys at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. The primary mission objectives are studies in cosmology and exoplanet demographics, but a wide range of astrophysical investigations are anticipated. Roman hosts two instruments. The Wide-Field Instrument (WFI) is a 300-megapixel visible to near-IR camera with an 0.28 deg2 field-of-view and both imaging and spectroscopic capabilities. The Coronagraph Instrument is a technology demonstration using a coronagraph to suppress starlight and achieve the extreme contrasts needed to directly detect circumstellar disks and exoplanets in reflected light.
Successful applicants will work directly with the GSFC Roman Project Science team. A fraction of the applicant’s time will be devoted to WFI and/or Mission support, on one or more of these activities: science and instrument simulations, WFI calibration, integration & test support and data analysis, mission and science operations, and science communications. The remainder of the applicant’s time will be available for science research either independently or with other members of the group.
Current members of the Roman Science team at Goddard conduct research in cosmology and the early universe, local galaxies, exoplanets, stellar astrophysics, astrophysical transients, and instrument and detector development.
We anticipate making multiple offers for positions through UMBC’s Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST), funded by NASA through the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Sciences & Technology II (CRESST II) cooperative agreement. The positions will be for 2 years, renewable upon mutual agreement and availability of funds. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field by the date of the appointment. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The position will remain available until filled. Applications received by August 31, 2021, will receive full consideration. Candidates should provide a cover letter, Curriculum Vita including publications list, statements of technical and research interests, and contact information for three references to:
Mail Code 660.8, NASA/GSFC
Greenbelt, MD 20771, or
Via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the duties or the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, contact Dr. Julie McEnery (email@example.com). For information on UMBC and CRESST II, contact Dr. Don Engel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
Additional Salary Information: We anticipate making multiple offers for positions through UMBC’s Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST), funded by NASA through the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Sciences & Technology II (CRESST II) cooperative agreement. The positions will be for 2 years, renewable upon mutual agreement and availability of funds. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field by the date of the appointment. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About CRESST II/UMBC/GSFC
The Center for Space Sciences and Technology (CSST) is one of UMBC’s two largest research centers and is responsible for over 10% of UMBC’s total research volume. It is the primary home for over 60 scientists and engineers on the UMBC faculty who are conducting research in a wide range of topics within the domains of astrophysics and solar system exploration.
The majority of CSST’s work is supported as task orders under the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology II (CRESST II) cooperative agreement between the CRESST II consortium and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The consortium consists of the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), UMBC, Catholic University, Howard University, and the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA). UMCP is the lead institution, with UMCP and UMBC as the two major, equal work-share, partners.
In addition to CRESST II, CSST’s scientists and engineers are supported by grants from NASA, NSF, and other sponsors. Most of the CSST faculty are based out of GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland, with additional CSST research taking place at UMBC’s main campus in southwest Baltimore County. CSST works closely ...with the faculty and students in UMBC’s degree-granting departments as well as with UMBC’s other NASA-focused research centers.
CSST and UMBC’s other NASA-focused research centers are supported by UMBC’s Earth & Space Research Administration (ESRA) shared services unit.
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