The University of Arizona (UA) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on the development of a tool for characterization of time domain alerts from a growing number of astronomical sky surveys. The goal, over three years, is to create a prototype for rapidly identifying the "rarest" time domain alerts from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) so that follow-up observations can be made by other facilities. This effort is led jointly by Richard Snodgrass (PI) and John Kececioglu of the department of Computer Science at UA, and by Thomas Matheson and Abhijit Saha of NOAO.
The position will be a UA hire, but with offices at NOAO (located on the UA campus in Tucson). The candidate will have access to the resources at NOAO at par with other NOAO post-doctoral fellows, and will be encouraged to conduct independent or collaborative research.
Duties and Responsibilities: The selected candidate will work as a member of the team under the direction of Dr. Matheson and Dr. Saha, focusing on utilizing the wide range of characteristics of different variable astronomical sources to filter the alert stream.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or related field; experience in an area of time domain astronomy/astrophysics is preferred; proficiency in programming is a plus.
Please apply via the UA online application system and include Statement of Research Interests, Curriculum Vitae and letters of reference. UA Job number 53713
This position is open until filled.
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