The Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University has an opening for an observational extragalactic astronomer at the postdoctoral level. The position will involve observational work measuring abundances in HII regions in nearby bright spiral galaxies with Professor Richard Pogge at OSU in collaboration with Prof. Evan Skillman at Minnesota using data to be collected with the new Multi-Object Double Spectrograph (MODS) on the Large Binocular Telescope. There is also an opportunity to take part in commissioning and early science with the second MODS spectrograph for the LBT. Applicants having experience with IRAF, large data sets, spectrophotometric observations at optical/IR, and familiarity with the measurement of gas-phase abundances of HII regions will be favored. Experience with multi-object spectroscopy and data analysis programming (e.g., Python, C, or IDL) is also desirable. Ohio State observing facilities available to the successful applicant include the twin 8.4-m Large Binocular Telescope and the 2.4-m and 1.3-m telescopes at the MDM Observatory on Kitt Peak. Ohio State is also a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey. The initial appointment will be for two years and may be renewed for a third year. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements in astronomy or astrophysics prior to the starting date, which is expected to be no later than September 2012. Applications should include a curriculum vita and bibliography and a statement of research accomplishments and interests. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately. For full consideration, applications should be received by 15 February 2012.
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