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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

X-ray Instrument and Mission Development


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Space Science

opportunity location
64.15.89.B3033 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Teddy CC Cheung 202.404.7202
Matthew Kerr 202.767.1217
Bernard Phlips 202.767.3572
Paul S. Ray 202.404.1619


The High Energy Space Environment Branch at NRL has an active program in X-ray astronomy and related applications, and we are seeking candidates interested in X-ray instrumentation and mission concept development. We have a strong interest in X-ray timing and spectral studies of compact sources (neutron stars, black holes, and white dwarfs), particularly X-ray pulsars and low-mass X-ray binaries. We also work on applied topics such as the use of X-ray pulsars as natural sources of navigation and timekeeping information. We collaborate closely with NASA/GSFC and will use the modulated X-ray sources developed there to test X-ray instrument concepts built at NRL. 

The successful candidate will have the experience necessary to build and operate laboratory instrumentation involving X-ray optics, detectors, and electronics. In addition to the hardware work, the candidate will have the opportunity to work on science with current missions including NICER, Fermi, NuSTAR, and Swift. The candidate will also contribute to new mission concept development from small instruments hosted on DOD spacecraft to the probe-class NASA mission concept STROBE-X. 

key words
X-ray; Optics; Instrumentation; Navigation; Pulsars; Neutron Stars; Black Holes; Astrophysics; Astronomy; Physics; Detectors; Black holes; White dwarfs; X-ray astronomy


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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