The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) has openings for postdoctoral positions. Candidates with a PhD in any area of theoretical, observational, or instrumental astronomy are invited to apply.
ASIAA is an institute of Academia Sinica, the national research organization of Taiwan. The Institute has approximately 200 staff members (including 42 Faculty, 10 visiting scholars, 9 Project Scientist/Specialist, 41 Postdocs, 42 Engineers, and 30 Graduate Students). Areas of research include: the Solar and Exoplanetary Systems, Star and Planet Formation, Stellar Evolution, Compact Objects, Astrochemistry, Dust Grains, ISM Physics, Galactic Dynamics, Active Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, Clusters of Galaxies, Cosmology, and Instrumentation Developments. ASIAA built two antennas (receivers included) for the SMA, and operates the SMA in collaboration with the SAO. ASIAA has completed the assembly and integration of the 26 front-end units for the ALMA antennas in Taiwan. Taiwan is a member country in the ALMA project through collaborations with Japan and North America. We participate in instrumentation development on the CFHT and Subaru Telescope. We participate in the Hyper Suprime-Cam survey and the Prime Focus Spectrograph project of the Subaru Telescope. The TAOS project is in operation on Lulin Mountain in Taiwan to conduct a survey for small objects beyond Neptune. TAOS-2 will be deployed in Mexico. AMiBA is in scientific operation on Mauna Loa for the study of clusters of galaxies through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. Theoretical and computational astrophysics (CompAS)is being pursued in ASIAA/TIARA. A new initiative (CHARMS) has been incubated by TIARA, aiming to develop numerical simulators to bridge the SMA/ALMA observations and theories in fluid dynamics, chemistry, and radiative transfer. The VLBI group is leading submm VLBI to image the shadows of supermassive black holes, and related science such as AGN jets and imaging simulations. Deployment of a 12 m telescope to Greenland is ongoing, aiming the first light in 2015/2016. It is also planned to perform single dish THz science. We plan to participate in the SPICA mission. More information on each topic can be found in our Home page.
ASIAA offers excellent research facilities and an international environment, where English is the working language. We seek scientists who will actively participate in the Institute's projects, in particular: (1) optical/IR or radio astronomers to pursue research topics related to Institute interests; (2) astronomers with radio interferometry experience to participate in ongoing tests, software-developments, or scientific observations with the SMA, AMiBA, ALMA, or VLBI; (3) solar system or planetary astronomers to participate in the study of small objects beyond Neptune through TAOS; (4) scientists or engineers to participate in instrumentation development for Optical/IR telescopes or radio telescopes; or (5)scientists with backgrounds in astrophysics or planetary sciences to pursue topics in theoretical astrophysics, computational fluid dynamics, or MHD. More information on target areas of postdoc recruitment can be found ASIAA Job Openings.
The postdoc appointments at ASIAA will initially be for two years, with possible extension for additional two years based on satisfactory performance.
Applicants should apply online and submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a brief summary of past research or instrumentation experience, and (3) a future research plan. Applicants are also requested to arrange three letters of recommendation to be submitted online at the same site.
Applications submitted before or on 15 December 2013 will receive full consideration.
In addition, applicants have the option to apply for three types of prestigious postdoctoral fellowships (the EACOA fellowships, the joint Berkeley-ASIAA fellowships, and the ALMA Taiwan fellowships). Please apply separately to these prestigious fellowships through the respective submission instructions on ASIAA Job Openings.