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Alan Brass Prize Fellowship in Instrumentation and Technology Development

Applications are solicited for the Alan Brass Fellowship in Astronomical Instrumentation at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona. This postdoctoral fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent Ph.D. recipient to pursue an ambitious program of astronomical instrument development independently or in collaboration with the students, staff, and faculty of Steward Observatory. All of the observational and computational facilities of the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory are available to the Fellow, who is encouraged to conduct independent research and to develop collaborations with faculty, staff, and students. 
 
The Brass Fellow will receive an annual stipend of $72,500 per year, as well access to a generous research fund to support their scientific program. This 3-year Fellowship commences in Fall 2022. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field before the start date of the Fellowship.  
 
Applicant submissions should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV;  3) A list of publications; 4) A statement of current and proposed research and/or instrument development (5-page limit); 5) A statement of activities to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) (see additional instructions at https://www.as.arizona.edu/postdoc-application-dei-instructions); 6) a document containing the names and email addresses of at least three references.  The candidate will be contacted with instructions for letter writers after an initial review.
 
 
Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2021 (deadline extended from the 10th). 
 
 
To apply, please follow this link.  Contact Jared Males (jrmales@arizona.edu) with any questions.

 

 


Narsi Anugu, the first Brass Fellow, describes the CCID-75 camera to Alan Brass. Narsi integrated this camera system for the MMT AO system's wavefront sensor as part of the MAPS upgrade, which Narsi made significant contributions to during his fellowship.

The Alan Brass Prize Fellowship for the Development of Astronomical Instrumentation is a three year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. The Brass Fellow pursues an ambitious program of astronomical instrument development independently or in collaboration with the students, staff, and faculty of Steward Observatory.

The Brass Fellow receives an annual stipend, as well access to a generous research fund to support their scientific program. All of the observational and computational facilities of the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory are available to the Fellow, who is encouraged to conduct independent research and to develop collaborations with faculty, staff, and students.

About Alan Brass: Alan Brass was a docent at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab from 2007 to 2021, where he showed countless visitors the wonders of large telescope mirror fabrication. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and holds an M.A. from Binghamton University.  Alan was a Tucson resident from 2000 to 2021. As a member of the RFCML outreach team he played a large role in communicating the successes of Arizona astronomy to the public. His generosity in supporting the Brass Fellowship will enable Steward Observatory to remain at the forefront of innovation in astronomical instrumentation, providing new achievements to share with the world.

Past Brass Fellows:

Narsireddy Anugu (2019-2021)

 
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