The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina welcomes applications for a new postdoctoral position to conduct independent research and provide SOAR instrument support. Ideally, we seek a talented scientist with experience in astronomical instrumentation, but candidates with extensive experience in observing, including the construction of data reduction pipelines, will also be considered. The selected candidate will have access to the department’s outstanding research facilities for their own research and will be expected to spend one-half of their time providing instrument support for the SOAR telescope, especially the Goodman Spectrograph constructed at UNC (www.goodman-spectrograph.org). This work will require spending three months each year in La Serena, Chile. Responsibilities may include maintenance and upgrades to the hardware and software, documentation and new observer support, and the development of data reduction pipelines. Experience with IRAF, IDL, and LabVIEW will be especially useful.
UNC has 60 nights guaranteed annually on the 4.1m SOAR telescope atop Cerro Pachon, Chile, and operates a state-of-the-art remote observing center on campus. The department is a partner with guaranteed nights on the 11m SALT telescope, and it runs a network of robotic telescopes (the PROMPT array in Chile, and Skynet globally). Our instrumentation labs built SOAR's high‐throughput spectrograph, and we are engaged in other SOAR and large telescope instrument projects.
Applicants should provide a resume, publication list, summary of previous research and instrumentation experience (2 pages), a description of research they would like to conduct (3 pages), and the email addresses of three references on the UNC recruitment website, http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/32612. Applicants should arrange for three reference letters to be submitted via email to SOARinst2014@listserv.unc.edu. Complete application materials including letters are due December 1, 2013, with announcements expected mid-January 2014. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. For information on eligibility and further program details, please see http://physics.unc.edu/SOARinst, and for inquiries please contact SOARinst2014@listserv.unc.edu.
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