New open postdoc position for WFIRST at the Institute for Pale Blue Dots with D. Sarvansky

Open: Postdoc position at the Institute for Pale Blue Dots with Dimitry Sarvansky at Cornell -- Postdoctoral Associate for Science Yield Modeling of the WFIRST-AFTA Coronagraph

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position with
Professor Dmitry Savransky at the Sibley School of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. The position will
involve helping to develop and refine software tools for the
simulation and analysis of the scientific capabilities of space-based
exoplanet imaging missions, with emphasis on the proposed
coronagraphic instrument for the WFIRST-AFTA mission.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in engineering, astronomy or
related fields. Candidates should have strong backgrounds in software
development and computational tools as well as familiarity with
simulation of optical systems. Proficiency in MATLAB and Python is
beneficial but not required, as is prior experience with high
performance computing and direct imaging of exoplanets.

The position start date will be on or after April 1, 2015. The
initial appointment is for one year with an extension to two years
contingent on performance and continued funding.

Interested individuals should send curriculum vitae and the names of
three references to Dmitry Savransky (

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great
place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff
impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative
ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and
engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence
includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of
Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to
be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage.
We're an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,
Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Klarman Hall at sunset

Tweets from CSInst

"On the Correlation between Hot Jupiters and Stellar Clustering: High-Eccentricity Migration Induced by Stellar Fly…
4 days 59 min ago
“There are a bunch of elements of Mars Sample Return that are demonstrating key technologies required to safely sen…
4 days 59 min ago
"This is really the start of a much larger endeavor. It’s more than just a single mission, it’s the start of a camp…
4 days 59 min ago
'Seven Hundred Leagues Beneath Titan’s Methane Seas' “The depth and composition of each of Titan's seas had alrea…
4 days 59 min ago
“This is really the first opportunity to look for life.” Jonathan Lunine, chair of the Department of Astronomy at C…
4 days 59 min ago
"The Perseverance rover is just step 1 of 3 in the concept of Mars sample return. Our job is to land at Jezero, ide…
4 days 59 min ago