The Astronomy Institute of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory, a high energy gamma ray observatory under construction in the Sierra Negra Volcano, Puebla, Mexico. HAWC will be the world’s most sensitive wide field of view detector of gamma rays at high energies (above 100 GeV). HAWC is anticipated to begin science operations this year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to analyze the first data from this instrument. Information about HAWC is available at the website, http://hawc.umd.edu.
The interests of the HAWC group include Gamma Ray Bursts, Blazars and Solar Flares. The group is actively involved in the science verification of the instrument, construction, data analysis, Data Acquisition System (DAQ) development and in the analysis of existing Milagro data.
Applicants must have a Ph.D in Physics or Astronomy with a background in cosmic ray physics, particle and gamma ray astrophysics. Experience with programming object-oriented software as C++ or Python or with data analysis, software development or instrumentation of high energy particle detectors is preferred. The fellowship provides support for traveling and publishing.
The appointment is for one year, starting as early as January 15th, 2013, with a possible extension for a second year. Candidates will be considered until the position is filled; however applications before November 15th, 2012 are strongly encouraged.
Interested applicants send an e-mail to Dr. Magda González (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will provide information on the corresponding requisites.