The University of California, Santa Barbara and Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope (LCOGT) seek a postdoctoral scientist to join the supernova group currently consisting of one faculty member, two postdocs, and one graduate student. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated expertise in supernova observations or spectroscopy. LCOGT is a member of several supernova projects, including the Palomar Transient Factory, Pan-STARRS1, and LaSilla-QUEST. Individual LCOGT scientists are also involved in iPTF, PESSTO, and the Supernova Legacy Survey. The successful candidate will contribute to the overall mission of the observatory -- the creation of a worldwide network of robotic telescopes specializing in time domain astronomy. The postdoc will be affiliated with and have offices at both UCSB and LCOGT and have access to the observing resources of both institutions. They will also benefit from proximity to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
LCOGT is a privately funded global robotic observatory network, which operates ten 1 meter and two 2 meter robotic telescopes. The 2 meter Faulkes Telescopes in Haleakala, Hawaii, and Siding Spring, Australia feature imagers and robotic FLOYDS low-resolution spectrographs. The 1 meter telescopes have imagers and are located at McDonald Observatory, CTIO, Siding Spring, and SAAO.
Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, and research statement, and should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the above address. Electronic PDF submissions preferred. Applications complete by December 31, 2013 will receive full consideration. A Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline is required. The term of this position is 2 years, with possible extension for a third year. The Department of Physics and LCOGT are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research. LCOGT and UCSB are equal opportunity employers.