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Requisition # 3868

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Friday, January 27th, 2023
Advertising Started on:Friday, September 23rd, 2022
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Physics & Astronomy


Salary:$65,000.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in research related to a variety of ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray experimental astrophysics topics with Prof. Keri Hoadley’s UV Space Lab (HUSL) and Prof. Casey DeRoo’s X-ray optical lab at the University of Iowa. Both research groups work on the cutting edge of creating new UV/X-ray grating technologies for space-based platforms, designing/implementing novel UV/X-ray suborbital and space instruments (Pioneers, Explorer-, and Probe-class), and are heavily involved in ground and space based science projects across a broad range of scientific topics, including but not limited to: the circumgalactic and intergalactic media, the interstellar medium, planet-forming disks, star formation and massive star characteristics, and (non)-compact object mergers/collisions.

Our groups seek a qualified candidate to lead current and planned state-of-the-art technology development programs at Iowa. Applicants will obtain foundational training in how to lead their own research laboratories, including leading day-to-day planning and management of ongoing projects, grant writing preparation and guidance, and how to build their own, unique research programs. Applicants with experience working with astronomical instruments and/or technology are preferred, but prior experience is not required. Applicants are encouraged to show strong problem solving skills and creativity.

The applicant will lead in one or more current and planned projects, including but not limited to:

  • overseeing in the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel UV high-dispersion blazed gratings being developed using nanofabrication technologies at Iowa;

  • gaining hands-on experience with mission design, development, and execution for NASA Astrophysics Pioneers SmallSats (e.g., Aspera, StokeSat, SNOUT);

  • leading the design and optimization novel UV/X-ray telescopes and components (e.g., polarization modules, high-resolution spectrographs and optics) for suborbital and space platforms;

  • developing (semi-)independent scientific research programs within the purview of HUSL’s research interests (or continued exploration within the applicant’s own area of expertise).

This is a planned 3-year assignment, with the option for additional support thereafter (subject to funding and progress, to be evaluated on an annual basis).

Please email a research statement, CV, the names and contact information for 3 references, and list of your publications to Keri Hoadley. For questions about the position, or if you would like more details about specific projects, feel free to contact Prof. Keri Hoadley by email (

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Education Requirement:

Ph.D. in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Optical Sciences, or similar fields

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Research Statement
List of Publications
 Number of References:  3

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Contact Information

Contact:Keri Hoadley -
Clas-Physics & Astronomy
Van Allen Hall
30 North Dubuque Street
615 VAN
Iowa City, IA 52242
Department URL:

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