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Requisition Number 16-0325
Post Date 11/14/2016
Title Post Doctoral
City Boulder

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. A general description of the positions is to Diagnose and correct discrepancies in SOLIS Vector Spectro Magnetograph (VSM) and GONG instruments. Derive simulated SOLIS/VSM and GONG magnetograms by applying magnetograph observing models and data pipelines to existing MHD simulation data.


  • Carries out scientific research investigations in collaboration with other members of the scientific staff.
  • Performs research activities of data collection and reduction.
  • Solves problems through scientific research as required to achieve assigned project or mission objectives.
  • Organizes, analyzes and interprets data.
  • Cooperates and coordinates closely with all personnel involved with the assigned scientific problem.
  • Responsible for meeting scientific requirements of assigned work and approved time schedules when applicable.
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.


  • PhD degree (in astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field)
  • Experience using Unix, IDL, or similar operating systems and data-handling programs
  • Experience in analyzing data from ground-based/spaceborne (e.g., Hinode, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)) instruments
  • Knowledge of spectro-polarimetry desirable

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