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  1. April 7, 2016 3:27 pm

    Postdoctoral Scientist

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    USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including bio medicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers – on schedule and within budget.

    The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Planetary Radar group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This position would involve observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo Planetary Radar system. Experience in astronomical observations of Solar System objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling is desirable. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred but not required. The incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations and also carry out an independent research program. The Observatory has significant computing facilities. Conference travel and equipment support are available. This position shall be for a two year appointment with the likely renewal of one year.

    Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a research plan [limit 3 pages], and contact information for three references. A PhD in physics or a related field is required. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

    The Arecibo Observatory is managed for the NSF by a consortium comprising SRI International, USRA, and Universidad Metropolitana. It is home to the largest radio telescope in the world and conducts research programs in Radio Astronomy, Planetary Radar, and Atmospheric Sciences. All appointments are contingent upon the continuation of the cooperative agreement with the NSF for the operation of Arecibo Observatory.

    The successful applicant will be a resident in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and will be an employee of USRA. All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

    USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

    Job Location
    Arecibo, Puerto Rico, United States
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  2. keeko permalink
    March 17, 2013 8:05 pm

    Hello! I was wondering if anyone could comment on whether, as women, there are any advantages to careers in academia versus careers in industry?

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