Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in near field cosmology at Haverford College. Haverford College, located 10 miles from downtown Philadelphia, is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges. Its small astronomy program has trained a disproportionate number of professional astronomers, and emphasizes research both in and out of the classroom.
The successful applicant will collaborate with Beth Willman on projects relating to Milky Way dwarf galaxies and stellar streams, and their relations to the formation history of the Milky Way and the properties of the invisible universe. Projects may include the analysis of public optical or near-infrared survey data, targeted follow-up observations, or N-body + SPH simulations of Milky Way-like galaxy formation. Interest and experience in near field cosmology, survey astronomy, the development and application of statistical methods to large datasets, and/or the analysis of N-body simulations is desireable. Although this is a research position, the successful applicant will be expected to co-teach one class with Beth Willman, to fully capitalize on Haverford's strengths. While a willingness and interest to collaborate on teaching a class is necessary, prior teaching experience is not necessary. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics by the starting date.
The initial appointment will be for two years, with possible extension. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, bibliography, and a brief statement of research experience and interests in a single pdf file and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Meredith Weiss (email@example.com) by December 3, 2012.