Post-Doctoral Research Scholar – Optical Physicist | National Institute of Aerospace

The National Institute of Aerospace, located in Hampton, Virginia, is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral Research Scholar to conduct research and development in the area of dynamically tunable metasurfaces. Working with NASA scientists and top academic collaborators, the successful candidate will help develop chalcogenide phase change material (PCM)-metasurface-based optical filters and metalenses, as well to identify other new and exciting applications of metasurface optics for NASA mission applications.

The selected candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at NIA, NASA, and in academia to advance the capabilities of interest. Results of this work are expected to be published in both conference proceedings and journal papers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and simulate optical devices, such as tunable spectral filter and metalenses of various PCMs
  • Test optical performance of these optical devices both in optical labs and large-scale NASA facilities such as wind tunnels
  • Collaborate within a multidisciplinary team, leveraging various expertise to develop optical devices from the design stage to field-test stage


  • PhD in relevant field of study
  • Extensive experience with design and simulation of metasurface technologies and/or integrated photonics using commercial standard tools such as FEM, FDTD, DGTD, etc.
  • Strong background in optical physics, materials, and devices
  • Experience with cleanroom-based device fabrication
  • Ability to successfully complete a background investigation required to obtain a NASA badge

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of chalcogenide phase change materials (PCMs)
  • Experience developing research proposals and projects
  • NASA or government labs /agency internship experiences

Interested candidates should apply via NIA’s career opportunities site located at under the ‘About NIA’ tab.  Please include a letter of introduction, resume, and the names and contact information of three current references.

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