The Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is seeking to hire a postdoctoral research fellow to work with Prof. Keren Sharon on topics broadly related to gravitational lensing, in the context of the physics of galaxy clusters, structure formation, and the physical properties of high-redshift galaxies. Candidates with interest in these topics are particularly encouraged to apply.
A successful applicant will take part in several HST programs aimed at analyzing a large sample of strong lensing clusters, and the background sources that are highly magnified by the clusters. This work will include developing new methods for source reconstruction and source plane analysis.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Astrophysics or equivalent field. Background in either computational astrophysics, gravitational lens modeling or ray-tracing simulations is desirable.
Research facilities available to the successful applicant include the twin Magellan 6.5-meter telescopes in Chile and the MDM 1.3-meter and 2.4-meter telescopes on Kitt Peak. Significant computing resources are available through the Department and through the University of Michigan.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will initially be for one year, with likely extension on a year-by-year basis to three years, pending satisfactory performance.
Qualified applicants should e-mail a single PDF containing:
* A cover letter,
* A CV, including a publications list,
* A brief statement of past research and future aims (3 pages or less).
Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be e-mailed to the above address by January 3, 2014.
Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.