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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Scientist, Radio Astronomy in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Scientist, Radio Astronomy

  • Job Number: 23249

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Haystack Observatory

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

  • Schedule: M-F

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    Job Description

RESEARCH SCIENTIST RADIO ASTRONOMY, Haystack Observatory, to lead day-to-day research activities related to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) ( across broad activity areas. Will work with a team of radio scientific researchers at Haystack and other partner institutions, lead and contribute to developing successful research proposals, mentor students and postdoctoral researchers, and contribute to developing educational activities. Current research programs include astrophysical research conducted with Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) arrays (e.g., event-horizon-scale physics of black holes, active galactic nuclei, radio stars); ground and space expansions of the current EHT array in the area of software systems, receivers, correlators, data recorders, and overall telescope and array operations; development of advanced imaging and calibration techniques for interferometer data; application of machine learning (ML) techniques to research problems in astronomy and other research fields pursued at Haystack (e.g., geodesy and ionospheric studies); and development of astronomy analysis software and pipelines in high-performance computing systems involving GPUs and/or computing clusters.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science/engineering, or related fields; two years’ postdoctoral experience; relevant publication record; ability to independently carry out creative research; expertise in radio astronomy/interferometry and/or scientific research related to VLBI; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate research results in the form of peer-reviewed research journals and oral presentations; and ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and engage with internal and external collaborators. PREFERRED: experience with leading research projects; the development of statistical techniques, software packages, and/or pipelines for astronomical data processing; digital signal processing; statistical and machine learning techniques; high-performance computing using GPU and/or computing clusters; and contributing to successful funding proposals. Job #23249

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Kazu Akiyama and Vincent Fish, the principal investigators (PIs) ( of the relevant research projects. Please submit a single PDF file that includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a list of publications, and (4) a research statement (up to four pages total length) that summarizes your current work and outlines how you would contribute to research activities at the observatory via the MIT Careers application portal. Separately, applicants should instruct three references to submit reference letters to The envisioned start date is summer 2024, with some flexibility. Applications submitted by November 17, including letters submitted by the applicant's references, will receive full consideration. We will however continue to accept applications until this position is filled. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered; incomplete information will not be reviewed. Haystack Observatory is located in Westford, Massachusetts. revised 9/29/23