Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy at the University of Colorado Boulder starting around September 2013, to work with Prof. Julie Comerford on observational studies of active galactic nuclei and galaxy evolution. The successful applicant will contribute to a research program on kpc-scale separation dual supermassive black holes (SMBHs), which are produced by galaxy mergers and are observable as AGN.
The program includes longslit/IFU, Chandra/ACIS, HST/WFC3, and Jansky EVLA observations, which will be used to identify and characterize a population of dual SMBHs for studies of black hole mass growth and galaxy and black hole merger rates. New ideas and research proposals in the field of dual SMBHs are also encouraged.
Previous experience with dual SMBHs is not required. Experience in observational studies of galaxies and/or AGN, particularly in the types of observations listed in the previous paragraph, is strongly preferred. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or physics on arrival. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.
To apply, email a single PDF containing:
- Cover letter
- CV, including list of publications
- Brief (up to 3 page) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program on dual SMBHs
Also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed as PDFs. Complete applications received by November 30, 2012, will receive full consideration.
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (303) 492-1334.