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 (

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