University of California, Berkeley
Department of Astronomy
Positions available: 1−2, dependent on funding.
First Review of Applications: To ensure full consideration, all materials should arrive by 1 February 2013, although applications will continue to be considered during the next several months if an open position remains.
The Department of Astronomy is currently seeking candidates for a postdoctoral researcher position to conduct research on observational studies supernovae (SNe) and other transients (e.g., gamma-ray bursts). The postdoctoral scholars will be working under the direction of Professor Alex Filippenko.
The successful candidate(s) will have an interest in at least one of the following: studying long-term light curves of transients from diverse datasets; ground-based spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of SNe, including data from the Lick and Keck Observatories; analysis of Hubble Space Telescope spectra of SNe, as well as images of their host galaxies; studying high-redshift SNe as cosmological distance indicators; helping to constrain the nature of dark energy; and conducting a search for (and follow-up observations of) SNe and GRBs using the 0.76-m Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT) at Lick Observatory.
Besides providing research the successful candidate will participate in writing proposals and papers, developing data-analysis software, and assisting graduate and undergraduate students in the research group.
Candidates should have obtained their Ph.D. or its equivalent in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field by date of hire.
Experience with astronomical observations and data reduction. Knowledge of current problems related to SNe and/or GRBs and demonstrated competence in their solutions. Experience with optical spectropolarimetry.
$47,000−$57,000, commensurate with experience.
The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of a third year dependent upon funding.
Please submit your resume, list of publications, one-page summary of research interests, and two recent publications. Applicants should request (3) reference letters from people familiar with their work, through the application system. All recommendation letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.
Please submit all materials electronically to the following URL by February 1, 2013:
UC Berkeley is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.