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Post Doc Computational Optics
The LOUPE instrument aims to measure the flux and polarization of sunlight that is reflected by the Earth. This data will serve as benchmark data for future …
- Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 3111 - € 4084 per maand
The LOUPE instrument aims to measure the flux and polarization of sunlight that is reflected by the Earth. This data will serve as benchmark data for future exoplanet observations. LOUPE is designed as payload for a lunar lander and requires a compact, robust, and space-qualified hyperspectral sensor that would also allow many other applications, in e.g. Earth-observation, agriculture, and biomedical imaging. The aim of the project for which a 2-year postdoc will be hired at TU Delft is to develop a radically new approach to spectropolarimetric using micropatterning technology, i.e. to impose spectral and polarization filters on individual pixels of an imaging detector, in close collaboration with astronomers and instrument scientists at Leiden Observatory and Cosine B.V.. Cosine will contribute a Hyperscout instrument that will be modified to fit the new spectropolarimetric sensor.
The postdoc will be tasked with:
1. Establishing an optimization algorithm for the micropatterned filter design for specific cases, including the associated compressive sensing algorithms.
2. Exploring all the polarization modulation channels (spatial, angular, spectral), and determine limitations to the polarimetric accuracy.
3. Identifying key technologies, and develop a prototype.
4. Delivering a full design for at least one satellite / lunar lander instrument concept.
Applicants are expected to have a PhD in one of the following areas: physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, or a closely related area. A strong background in optics and numerical methods is essential. Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, ans a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An international Childeren's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary an benefits are in accordance with the Collective labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
For information about this vacancy, you can contact Daphne M. Stam, Associate Professor, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: +31-15-2785163.
For information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. R. van Wingaarden, Management Assistant, e-mail email@example.com.