Microdevices and related technologies for space

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Job ID: 11551

Since inception, Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has enjoyed significant success, through its technologies, in enabling new components, new measurements, and ultimately new science for space (https://microdevices.jpl.nasa.gov). In order to maintain and excel the current leadership role, it is essential to identify and carry high quality research programs that targeted toward future important scientific and technical goals of NASA and JPL utilizing the existing and expanding capabilities at MDL. MDL houses state-of-the-art clean room facility and is home to a wide spectrum of technologies.


The Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) was established with the goal of providing capabilities for development of components, sensors, and instruments for the JPL/NASA space program. MDL products have to support JPL’s strategic mission and business base, providing novel and unique technologies that are the basis of competitive proposals and successful missions/projects. It is essential for MDL to identify and carry high quality research programs that are targeted toward future important scientific and technical goals of NASA and JPL with utilizing the capabilities at MDL. Our approach: hire a number of outstanding postdoctoral researchers to focus on long term technology development in the areas of:


•        Integrated Optics, nano-photonics

•        2D materials, and metasurfaces

•        Space detectors

•        Integrated sensors and microsystems

•        lidars, radars,  and spectrometers.

•        New microfabrication processes for disruptive microdevice technologies


Dr. Siamak Forouhar will serve as the postdoctoral advisor.  The appointee(s) will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor and others, resulting in publications in the open literature.


Candidates should have a recent PhD in applied physics, material sciences, optical engineering or related fields. Strong background in at least one of the areas of microwave photonics, Lidar instrument, diffractive optics, and or miniature sensors for space. Experience performing original research, demonstrated through a record of invention, original publications in top-tier journals, and conference papers and presentations. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible.  Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.


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