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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Astronomy and Astrophysics

Posting Number: req7095

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The NIRCam Team as part of the University of Arizona Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory invites an application for a JWST Arizona/Steward Postdocs in Early galaxies and Reionization (JASPER) Scholar position. The position will start in June, 2022. JASPER Scholars will be appointed a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance.

The NIRCam is using 400 hours of guaranteed observing time in collaboration with the NIRSpec Team to execute JADES, the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey. This survey and a JADES-related GO program, "UDF Medium Band Survey: Using H-alpha Emission to Reconstruct Ly-alpha Escape during the Epoch of Reionization" use imagery in a selection of NIRCam filters that will permit accurate estimation of emission line fluxes. Preference will be given to applicants who are experienced in the selection of z>6 galaxies, studying their environments, and analyzing their ionizing properties, all within the context of photometry and groundbased Lyman-alpha spectroscopy.

JASPER Scholars will have full access to the observational facilities of the University of Arizona, including the 2x8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, the 6.5m MMT Telescope, the two 6.5m Magellan Telescopes, the 2.3m Bok Telescope, the 1.8m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, the 10m Heinrich-Hertz Submillimeter Telescope, the Kitt Peak 12m mm-wave Telescope as well as advanced computing facilities at Steward Observatory. The University of Arizona is a full member of the SDSS-V, DESI and LSST collaborations.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze data from the JADES survey and determine which galaxies have strong emission lines at z>=6.
  • Measure the environments of the galaxies found in 1. and estimate which are found in clusters.
  • Work with other team members to improve photometric redshifts based on redshifts from emission lines from the NIRSpec part of the collaboration.
  • Help other team members interpret mass and luminosity functions in the context of emission line properties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Astronomy,
    Physics or related field. The selected candidate must have a conferred
    Ph.D. upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the selection of z>6 galaxies, studying their environments, and analyzing their ionizing properties, all within the context of photometry and ground-based Lyman-alpha spectroscopy.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $59,000- $63,000 DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

In the cover letter, please include the names and email addresses of three people who could provide letters of reference. We also encourage the applicants to include the JASPER-affiliated JWST projects that they are interested in working on in the cover letter. Also provide research statement in the one Additional Document slot provided.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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