Instrument Scientist Position at Big Bear Solar Observatory

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking an instrument scientist for the development of next-generation imaging spectrometer and polarimeter at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). The BBSO operates the 1.6-meter Goode Solar Telescope (GST) with a diverse suite of instrumentation. The GST with its state-of-the-art adaptive optics, imaging spectrometers and polarimeters, is a world-class facility for high spatial and temporal resolution solar astronomy in the optical/infrared. The BBSO is operated as a remote laboratory of NJIT’s Center for Solar Terrestrial Research (CSTR). The position is anticipated to start in early 2022.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or M.S. in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Space Physics, or closely related areas, with an ability to work and live at an elevation of 2000 meters. The ideal candidate will have experience of astronomical optical instrumentation with preferred working knowledge of

  • Solar polarization measurements, data processing and inversion.
  • Polarization calibration for telescope and instrumentation.
  • Fabry-Pérot interferometer imaging system.
  • High-resolution imaging spectroscopy and polarimetry data processing and analysis.
  • Observations with ground-based solar telescopes.

The deadline for applications is December 31, 2021. Please submit all documents online at including: (1) a cover letter, (2) a current version of your curriculum vitae, and (3) names of two references. Inquiries should be addressed to BBSO Director, Prof. Wenda Cao (

New Jersey Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.