Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

University of Connecticut

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physics Department

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in extragalactic astronomy at the University of Connecticut in collaboration with Professor Kate Whitaker. The successful candidate will focus on the analysis, interpretation and modeling of space-based multi-wavelength data from the 3D-HST/CANDELS treasury program, as part of an awarded NASA-ADAP grant.  Emphasis of research topics related to observational galaxy formation and evolution can include star formation, dust obscuration, quiescence, galaxy morphology, and/or active galactic nuclei. The position will also provide opportunities for independent research. The growing UConn Astrophysics Program offers a vibrant and collegial atmosphere. The successful candidate will have local opportunities for research mentoring, teaching, and outreach, as desired, as well as potential new international collaborative projects with the Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated research portfolio, strong coding and analysis skills, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics. Interest and/or experience in working with large space-based extragalactic datasets, including Hubble, Spitzer and/or Herschel photometry is preferred.

Appointment Terms: The start date is August 2, 2019 (with flexibility). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional two years contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds.

To Apply: Please apply online at UConn Careers, (www.jobs.uconn.edu), Staff Positions (Search # 2019130). Please submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, cover letter, and research statement (flexible in length, about 2-4 pages). Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Kate Whitaker (kate.whitaker@uconn.edu). Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Kate Whitaker. Evaluation of applications will begin January 1, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019188)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 15, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


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