Post-doctoral Research Position in Observational Cosmology - JRID38082

Submission Dates
Archive Date: 
February 1, 2011
Deadline to Apply for Job: 
January 15, 2011
Job Details
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution/Company Name: 
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
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Dr. Margaret J. Geller
Senior Astronomer
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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60 Garden Street
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Job Announcement Text: 

The availability of f/5 wide-field instruments on the MMT offers exciting opportunities for the study of clusters and large-scale structure at moderate redshift. The successful candidate will use these instruments (particularly Hectospec) and will work in a small group led by Margaret Geller.

The central project is the combined use of weak lensing maps and dense foreground redshift surveys to understand clustering and the distribution of dark matter in the universe. HectoMAP, the largest of the redshift surveys, will cover 50 -- 75 square degrees of the northern sky to a median redshift, 0.34. The large, dense redshift survey with high signal-to-noise spectroscopy also offers rich opportunities for the study of galaxy and cluster evolution as well as large-scale structure properties at intermediate redshift.

The second focus of the group is detailed investigation of clusters of galaxies and their infall regions as probes of the growth of structure and the evolution of galaxies. The candidate will be expected to participate in these projects. The candidate should also carry out independent, but related, projects on the MMT and/or Magellan telescopes.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field and must have experience in acquiring, reducing, and analyzing spectroscopic observations of galaxies. Observing trips (at most 3 per year) to use Hectospec on the MMT in support of the redshift surveys are a required aspect of this position. The applicant should have expertise in observational cosmology, particularly the study of clusters of galaxies and/or the large-scale structure of the universe. The position is for three years with a stipend of approximately $55.5K, health insurance, and research funds of $11K. The starting date is negotiable and can be immediate.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vita and publication list, a list of telescope nights used by the candidate, a brief statement of research interest, and the names of three scientists who may be asked for letters of reference at a later date. Please do not provide letters with the initial application. Complete applications must be sent as a single .pdf file attachment to by January 15, 2011. Questions should be addressed to Margaret Geller at

Included Benefits: 

No benefits information has been provided by the employer.