The Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Alicia Soderberg on the broad topic of supernovae and related transients, including their multi-wavelength properties, shock physics, progenitor systems, circumstellar environments and host galaxies. Supernovae are at the forefront of time-domain astronomy as a key component of new and upcoming surveys.
The successful applicant will lead and participate in target-of-opportunity observations of supernovae through on-going programs at the Jansky Very Large Array, Magellan and Mount Hopkins telescopes, the Submillimeter Array, and with various satellites. The CfA is a partner in Pan-STARRS, a unique survey telescope project to map large areas of the sky and to detect variable and transient objects, including supernovae. Applicants with previous experience in radio and/or mm-band interferometry, optical/NIR spectroscopy, and time-domain science are especially encouraged to apply.
The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. The starting date will be September 1, 2013, but this is negotiable depending on the applicant's availability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly. All materials and inquiries should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if necessary by mail to the address above.