Astrophysics Postdoctoral Research Associate


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


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.


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


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


  • 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


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.


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.


Please apply online at, 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.

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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