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The PASIPHAE Collaboration is looking to fill a fully funded, 3-year PhD position on experimental polarimetry for astronomical applications. The selected candidate will be enrolled at the PhD program of the Physics Department of the University of Crete, and will also spend a considerable time at the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India (IUCAA, one of the largest laboratories for astronomical instrumentation in the world and a PASIPHAE partner, in charge of the development of polarimetric instrumentation for the PASIPHAE Collaboration).

The student will work on the design and construction of the Wide-Area Linear Optical Polarimeters (WALOPs: high-precision, novel-techology instruments for measuring astronomical polarization). The WALOPs are being designed to achieve unprecedented accuracy in polarimetric measurements that will enable the PASIPHAE survey and its applications (tomographic mapping of the Galactic magnetic field, removal of foregrounds in searches of cosmic microwave background inflationary B-modes, ultra-high-energy cosmic ray astronomy). At the conclusion of the construction of the WALOPs, the student will also participate in their comissioning at the 1.3m telescope of the Skinakas Observatory in Crete, and the 1.0m telescope of the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, South Africa.

The successful candidate will have a Batchelor's degree in Physics or Engineering, and a Master's degree (students currently enrolled in a Masters' program will also be considered). He/she will have excellent command of English and will be willing and able to travel for significant time intervals abroad (to India and South Africa). This is an instrumentation position, so candidates with considerable laboratory experience and/or enthusiasm and skill for laboratory/experimental work will be given preference.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Konstantinos Tassis (tassis@physics.uoc.gr, +30-2810-394219), Department of Physics, University of Crete.