The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with Professor Edo Berger in the following areas: (1) Gamma-ray burst physics and applications to galaxy studies; and (2) Optical transients from Pan-STARRS and related projects. These topics are at the forefront of time-domain astrophysics, an exciting and growing branch of astronomical investigation. The successful applicant will lead and participate in observations across the electromagnetic spectrum. Depending on the specific area of research, the postdoc will work with Professor Berger on the progenitors and physics of GRBs and their application to studies of the high-redshift universe, and/or on the characterization of transients and the development of transient classification software. Applicants with previous experience in spectroscopy, space-based imaging analysis (optical/X-rays), and GRB, supernova, or variable object science are encouraged to apply.
Resources include programs with the Spitzer and Chandra Space Telescopes, the Magellan, MMT, and Gemini telescopes, the EVLA, the Submillimeter Array, and CARMA.
The position is for two years, renewable for a third year upon mutual agreement. The starting date will be September 1, 2013, but a later start 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 email@example.com.
Applications that are complete by January 1, 2013 will receive full consideration.
The CfA hosts a strong research program in astrophysics and provides a stimulating environment. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially welcome to apply.