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Planetary Radar

Research Intern in the Planetary Radar Group

Job Summary/Basic Function: The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Department of Planetary Radar Group at the Arecibo Observatory (AO) invite applications for the Research Intern position. The intern will participate in the research activities of the planetary radar group of the Arecibo Observatory. The details of the research projects will be tailored based on the level of background knowledge and skills of the successful applicant. This is a paid (stipend) internship position for undergraduate students only (starting year 2 or more).

Education and skills:
Pursuing a degree in Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Computer Sciences, or related fields. Any computer programming skills are considered a plus. Available to work for 8-16h per week for a total of 300 hours. The schedule can be flexible. The intern can perform some work remotely but must reside in Puerto Rico and be able to be physically at the Observatory when required. The candidate must have reliable internet for remote work capability.

How to apply:
All interested candidates must submit their resume, a cover letter explaining their interest in planetary sciences, and one reference (e.g., a professor or current or former supervisor). To apply, please send the information requested above via email: Applications will be accepted until May 15th, 2022. The successful applicant will be expected to start in July 2022.

Postdoctoral Scientist in Planetary Radar

Two post-doctoral scientist positions are available in the planetary radar group at the Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico. The research emphasis of the group is the study and characterization of near-Earth objects and other solar system bodies. The incumbents will be expected to participate in radar data processing, analysis, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other solar system bodies observed using the Arecibo planetary radar system. We encourage applications from candidates with experience in any type of small bodies observations or research. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred but not required. Conference travel and equipment support are available.

Applicants should submit (a) curriculum vitae, (b) research plan [limit 2 pages], and (c) contact information for three references. A Ph.D. in planetary science, astronomy, physics or a related field is required.

Applications from members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. The application period is open until the position is filled or closed; however, the screening will start on August 1, 2021. The appointment is expected to start on October 1st or earlier (exact date negotiable). Please direct inquiries about the role to Dr. Flaviane Venditti ( The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, preeminent for its research in astronomy, planetary studies, and space and atmospheric sciences. Arecibo Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated by the University of Central Florida in collaboration with Yang Enterprises, Inc., and Universidad Ana G. Méndez. The planetary radar program is fully funded through NASA Near-Earth Objects’ Observation program. + APPLY HERE