DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Postdoctoral Postdoctoral Research Associate in Adaptive Optics

Location
Durham
Salary
£33797 - £40322 per annum
Posted
Dec 19, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 18, 2020
Ref
19000204
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Adaptive Optics. The research project is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and is led by Dr James Osborn in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation. This is a fixed term position for 2 years with the possibility of an extension.

The CfAI is a world leading group with an exceptionally strong track record in optical instrumentation for astronomy, free-space optical communications, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. Current projects include the development of instrumentation to enhance the data bandwidth and reliability of laser-based optical communications links, and adaptive optics systems for the next generation of large ground-based telescopes such as the 39m diameter Extremely Large Telescope currently being built in Chile.

The successful applicant will join an active team developing new concepts for turbulence monitoring and mitigation systems for free-space optical communications. Turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere distorts the laser beam, causing errors in the received signal. The aim of this research project is to study the effects of atmospheric turbulence on laser links between the ground and an orbiting satellite. The project includes the possibility of developing novel mitigation solutions, such as robust Adaptive Optics systems, capable of operating in strong turbulence conditions and during the day.