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Postdoc position at UTRGV in Brownsville

Nov 07, 2023

The South Texas Space Science Institute (STSSI) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville announces the opening of a postdoctoral appointment in its STARGATE Space Technology Group 1 (SG1). This position will be available at different levels, depending on experience and seniority, and can last from 2 to 5 years. We are particularly interested in hiring creative and highly motivated candidates who are at ease working both collaboratively and independently in a vibrant, interdisciplinary and synergistic group. The deadline for full consideration is November 30, 2023.

The STSSI, led by Joseph Romano, is an interdisciplinary institute with active research in various areas of Space and Astrophysical Science. The STARGATE SG1 group is specifically focused on experimental physics and technology development with space applications. Current areas of research include phased array development (with applications in spacecraft communication and radio astronomy); testing of materials, electronics, and systems in a simulated space environment; and laser systems for space communication, precision metrology, and gravity gradiometry (including applications for space and ground-based gravitational-wave detectors). The STARGATE project has extensive research equipment and facilities for electronics and antenna testing, printed circuit board fabrication, space environment simulation, rapid prototyping, and laser and optics research.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a strong interest in leading research efforts in the Space Technology group and experimental physics. The postdoc will also have ample opportunity to assist in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students involved in the STSSI research projects.

To apply, please submit your application via our job portal here

Applicants will need to indicate the names of three referees for recommendation letters. Please register an account with our job portal and fill in the contact information for the referees well before the deadline, so that reference letters can be received in time. Referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for full consideration is November 30, 2023, including reception of reference letters.

Appointments are for one year, with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory progress and funding status. The anticipated start date of the positions is immediate but can be delayed if needed. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply through the following electronic link:

Upon application, or for all application-related questions, please contact Dr. Joseph Romano joseph.romano(at)

Review of applications will start December 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.