Postdoc - UCSB Physics Dept. (High Contrast Imaging)/ Millar- Blanchaer Research Group

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Postdoc - UCSB Physics Dept. (High Contrast Imaging)/ Millar-Blanchaer Research Group

Job #JPF02686

Physics / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

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Salary range: The posted UC system-wide salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 23 and 23N(Hourly) for the salary range at UCSB. A reasonable estimated full-time rate for this position at 100% time is $64,480 - $77,327/ year. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: Negotiable and should be no later than December 31, 2024.

Position duration: Initial appointment for 2 years with possible renewal


Open date: February 15, 2024

Next review date: Friday, Mar 22, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Nov 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue innovative research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer. The Millar-Blanchaer group carries out a range of observational and experimental research related to exoplanetary system imaging, with a specialty in polarimetric science and instrumentation.

The successful candidate will spend ~50% of their time on the planning and development of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Coronagraphic Instrument. A further 20-30% of their time will be spent supporting laboratory or observational research programs within the Millar-Blanchaer group. The remainder of the time may be used to maintain an independent research program.

Scientists at UCSB have privileged access to the twin Keck Observatory telescopes (, Lick Observatory (, and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network ( UCSB provides a stimulating research environment with faculty and staff pursuing a broad range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics (, and the Kavli Center for Theoretical Physics ( hosts several astrophysics workshops each year.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for Ph.D. (or equivalent), except the dissertation, at the time of application. The Ph.D. is expected to be in the fields of Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Optical Science or closely related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The candidate must have received their Ph.D. in the fields of Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Optical Science or closely related field by the time the appointment begins.

Preferred qualifications

It is preferred that candidates have 2-3 years of experience in astronomical observations, instrumentation, data analysis, high-contrast imaging, circumstellar disk science, and/or polarimetry.


Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter - The cover letter should describe relevant research experience, publication history as well as your expected overlap with their on-going research in the Millar-Blanchaer group.

Reference requirements

2 letters of reference required

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Santa Barbara, CA

Posted 2/15/24 - 11/29/24