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The Astronomical High-resolution and High-contrast Imaging Group (AHHIG) at California State University Northridge (CSUN) has an open Postdoctoral Fellow position, with a starting date between August to October 2017. This is a 2-year position supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the possibility to extend to 5 years depending on the availability of founding.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work in the CSUN group under the supervision of Professor Deqing Ren, performing a wide range of research regarding cutting-edge astronomical instrument technique developments, including the developments of a portable solar seeing profiler, solar/stellar adaptive optics, solar multi-conjugate adaptive optics (MCAO), as well as high-contrast coronagraph and polarimeter for exoplanet imaging.   The fellow will also have the opportunity to use US 4-m class telescopes to perform instrument development & scientific observation. 

A Ph.D. in optics or astronomical instrumentation with computer software programming skill is highly desirable. Interested applicant should contact Professor Ren directly at



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As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, CSUN strives to create a community in which a diverse population can work, teach and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights of each individual. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, medical information, marital status, or veteran status. For more information about the University, check our website:

We anticipate hiring one or more temporary faculty for the 2017/18 academic year to teach introductory physics and astronomy courses. All part-time faculty appointments are temporary and do not confer academic rank. CSUN serves a diverse student population and all lecturers must have a commitment to diversity And an ability to teach/mentor a diverse student population as a qualification for the position.

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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.

Final determination of part-time teaching assignments is contingent upon student enrollment figures and funding.


To be considered for this position, applicants should submit the following materials by mail:

  1. A letter to the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy indicating an interest in working as a temporary faculty in the department. The letter should also address the applicant's interest in teaching lecture classes, laboratory classes, in Physics and/or in Astronomy.
  2. A complete resume showing educational background, prior teaching experience, evidence of scholarship, and/or related professional experience.
  3. Two letters of recommendation and three additional references from employers or previous departments at which you have taught similar classes.

Applicants with a Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy are preferred. Ph.D. candidates just about to graduate are also encouraged.

Submit the above materials by the appropriate deadline (USPS or email) to:

Dr. Say-Peng Lim ( )
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy 
California State University Northridge 
18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330-8268

The Department will mail you statistical forms to be COMPLETED BY YOU AND RETURNED. Based on your qualifications, the Department will assign you to the POOL OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS. A personal interview with the Department Chair is required prior to any appointment. If the Department needs your services, the Department will contact you BEFORE THE SEMESTER BEGINS.


You may be eligible for full benefits pending on the number of units you teach. The benefits that the CSU offers can be viewed at The applicant is expected to demonstrate a commitment to working with a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse student population. California State University, Northridge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, Section 504 Employer.