The University of Texas Astronomy Department and McDonald Observatory seek a Postdoctoral Fellow to be the UT lead for the commissioning and early science operations of the Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrograph. IGRINS is a high-resolution spectrograph for the near-IR. It covers all of the H and K atmospheric windows in a single exposure at R=40,000. IGRINS is a joint project of UT and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute. The instrument will reside initially at the McDonald Harlan J. Smith 2.7m telescope but may also used on larger national facilities. Science goals include studies of young stellar objects, late-type stars, solar system objects, and the ISM to be carried out both as key projects and as individual investigations. Commissioning is planned for early 2014 with early science to begin in mid-2014.
The postdoc will be actively involved in the planning, execution, and analysis of science programs with the instrument and should lead a major IGRINS observational project. Desired qualifications include one or more of the following: hands-on experience with instrumentation, extensive observing experience, experience developing data reduction software, familiarity with data analysis for high resolution spectroscopy, a track record of astronomical research in an area relevant to IGRINS. Information on research and facilities is available at http://www.as.utexas.edu/ and http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/people/jaffe/jaffe.html
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and will reside in Austin. The position has an initial term of one year with expected duration of at least two years, starting July 1, 2014.
Applicants should submit a resumé, description of research interests, and letters of recommendation from three scientists familiar with the applicant's experience and research by January 15, 2014 to IGRINSpostdoc@astro.as.utexas.edu