Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in UCLA's Galactic Center Group (http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~ghezgroup/gc).
The successful candidate will work with Prof. Andrea Ghez and her collaborators on high angular resolution spectroscopic observations with the Keck telescopes of the Galactic center. A major responsibility will be to develop and implement improved data analysis methods for spectroscopic data. This will entail working with data taken with OSIRIS – an Adaptive Optics (AO)-fed integral field spectrograph– to incorporate knowledge of the AO point spread function from parallel imaging to improve the analysis of crowded stellar fields. Key science goals are to understand the origin and dynamical evolution of the Galaxy’s nuclear star cluster, which has posed a number of interesting problems and events, including the “paradox of youth”, the apparent “missing cusp” in the giant star population, and the upcoming tidal disruption of G2 – the putative gas cloud.
This position is available to start in the window between Spring 2014 to Fall 2014 (or later if necessary) and is a two-year position, extendable to three years based on progress and availability of funding. Applicants must have a PhD degree, before the start date, in astronomy, astrophysics, or related disciplines. Experience with adaptive optics data and spectroscopic data will be considered a plus.
Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, three letters of reference and a brief statement of research interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of application is January 24, 2014. For further information, please contact Prof. Andrea Ghez (email@example.com).
No benefits information has been provided by the employer.