The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) has openings for faculty positions at the assistant, associate, and full research fellow levels. Candidates who work in (a) Optical/IR/Radio astronomy, (b) Theoretical/Computational Astrophysics, or (c) Instrumentation (Optical/IR/Submillimeter) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics, physics, or engineering, and preferably have prior postdoctoral experience.
ASIAA is an institute of Academia Sinica, the leading national research organization of Taiwan. The Institute has approximately 200 staff members (including 42 Faculty members, 10 visiting scholars, 12 Project Scientists/Specialists/Support Engineers, 37 Postdocs, 42 Engineers/Technicians, and 32 Graduate Students). Research includes the Solar and Exoplanetary Systems, Star and Planet Formation, Astrochemistry, Stars and Compact Objects (evolved stars, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes), Galactic Dynamics, Active Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, 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. ASIAA is the PI institute for the 35-50 GHz Band 1 receiver, which is currently under development for ALMA. We participate in instrumentation development on the CFHT and Subaru Telescope, in particular the Hyper Suprime-Cam survey and the Prime Focus Spectrograph projects 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 hole, and related sciences such as AGN jets and imaging simulations. Deployment of a 12 m telescope to Greenland for the VLBI operation is ongoing, aiming for first light in 2015/2016. It is also planned to perform single dish THz sciences. ASIAA is a partner in the Mid-Infrared Camera and Spectrograph for the SPICA mission, and represents Taiwan as a member country in the SPICA consortium. More information on each topic or facility can be found in our Home Page.
ASIAA offers excellent research facilities and an international environment, where English is the working language. We seek candidates who can lead the Institute's research programs, or initiate entirely new forefront programs. More information on target areas of recruitment can be found at ASIAA Job Opening. Applicants should apply online and submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a summary of past research (or instrumentation experience), and (3) a plan for future research. Applicants are also requested to arrange three letters of recommendation to be submitted online at the same site. Applications submitted by or on 25 January 2014 will receive full consideration.