Month: December 2021

Astrophysics Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Search #: 495883
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates

JOB SUMMARY

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Prof. Cara Battersby’s research group in the Astrophysics Program at the University of Connecticut. The successful candidate will work closely with the group on research topics related to star formation, the Galactic Center, Galactic structure, nearby galaxies, and the ISM, utilizing large datasets from radio to X-ray, and numerical simulations. The growing UConn astrophysics program, with five recent faculty hires, has a vibrant and collegial atmosphere.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will have opportunities for research, mentoring, teaching, and outreach as desired.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics or a closely-related field by start date.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A solid research portfolio
  • Strong coding and analysis skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics
  • Interest and/or experience in working with large data sets
  • Interest and/or experience working with numerical simulations
  • Interest and/or experience working with the Galactic Center
  • Interest and/or experience working with star formation
  • Interest and/or experience working with the ISM
  • Interest and/or experience working with radio, IR, and/or X-ray datasets

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The desired start date is August 12, 2022 (with flexibility). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable annually for an additional two years contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495883 to upload a CV, publication list, cover letter, and research statement (flexible in length, about 2-4 pages). Please list in your CV or cover letter the names and contact information of three persons who may be contacted to submit letters of reference upon request. Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Cara Battersby. Evaluation of applications will begin on January 18, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on January 30, 2022.

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.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Dec 1 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jan 30 2022 Eastern Standard Time

Postdoctoral Research Associate In Galaxy Formation, Cosmology, And Machine Learning

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Search #: 495749

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to join Prof. Daniel Anglés-Alcázar’s research group in Computational Galaxy Formation at the University of Connecticut. The successful candidate will work closely with the group on research topics ranging from supermassive black hole growth and feedback to the impact of baryonic physics in cosmology. The growing UConn astrophysics group, in beautiful Storrs CT, has a vibrant and collegial atmosphere and also includes research groups on star formation, the interstellar medium, galaxy evolution, active galactic nuclei, and gravitational-wave astrophysics.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Candidates with research expertise and interests at the intersection of galaxy formation, cosmology, and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply, with the expectation to become part of the Cosmology and Astrophysics with MachinE Learning Simulations (CAMELS) project and collaborate closely with external groups at the Flatiron Institute, Columbia, and Princeton, including two other concurrent postdoctoral hires at Princeton and Columbia.  Other areas of particular focus include research on black hole-galaxy co-evolution as part of the Feedback In Realistic Environments (FIRE) project, and the new Interscale Galactic NucleI Simulations (IGNIS) resolving AGN accretion disk scales in a full cosmological context.  The successful candidate will have the possibility to be a guest researcher at the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the Flatiron Institute for extended research collaborations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Astrophysics or a closely-related field by start date.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Interests and expertise in cosmology, galaxy formation, and/or machine learning
  • Experience working with cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and/or large datasets
  • Strong track record of publications
  • A commitment to promoting an inclusive community in Astrophysics

APPOINTMENT TERMS

The expected start date is in the summer or fall of 2022. The initial appointment will be for one year, with an anticipated renewal for up to three years based on performance and availability of funds.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495749 to upload a resume, cover letter, publication list, and a research statement (not exceeding three pages) in a single, combined PDF file. Additionally, please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Daniel Anglés-Alcázar (angles-alcazar@uconn.edu). Questions or requests for further information about the position should be directed to Prof. Daniel Anglés-Alcázar. Evaluation of applications will begin December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on January 17, 2022.

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.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Oct 19 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jan 17 2022 Eastern Standard Time

U.S. Senators introduce a resolution to recognize the Arecibo Observatory Telescope

The massive dish at Arecibo Observatory as seen in spring 2019. (Image credit: Arecibo Observatory/University of Central Florida)

On Friday December 3rd, a group of U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan a resolution to recognize the significant scientific, educational, and economic contributions made by the Arecibo Observatory telescope.

“The telescope at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory was a scientific marvel, extensively expanding our understanding of the universe,” said Blumenthal. “Its collapse left a significant educational void for our country and the scientific community across the world. I’m proud to recognize its important contributions alongside my colleagues and express our strong support for further studies for how best to replace—and build upon—this telescope’s capabilities at the world-class Arecibo Observatory.”

Read more here, including a link to the full resolution. The research of several UConn physicists has greatly benefited from the Arecibo telescope over the years.