DEPARTMENT OF ASTRONOMY AND KAVLI INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS, PEKING UNIVERSITY
The Department of Astronomy and the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (KIAA) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, starting as early as April, 2014.
The current position seeks qualified candidates to work with Professor Eric Peng on studies of galaxy evolution, particularly in nearby galaxies or the Milky Way. The successful applicant will work on projects of mutual interest, pursue an independent research program, and contribute to the scientific life of the Department and the KIAA. Possible research programs will use data from the Next Generation Virgo Survey, the HST/ACS Virgo, Fornax, and Coma Cluster Surveys, upcoming spectroscopic surveys with LAMOST, or from other large ground-based facilities. Applicants with expertise in the observations or modeling of stellar populations, galaxy dynamics, and large surveys are particularly encouraged to apply.
Peking University is one of the premier universities in Asia, and is host to the KIAA, which is where the successful applicant will be based. KIAA is designed to be an international center of excellence to promote basic astrophysical research. KIAA's programs are focused in four major areas: (1) observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution; (2) interstellar medium, star formation, stellar and planet systems; (3) gravitational physics and high-energy phenomena; (4) and computational astrophysics (N-body, hydrodynamics, and MHD simulations). KIAA members have access to a variety of domestic and international observing facilities and computational resources (including a GPU cluster).
With English as its working language, KIAA is developing an intellectual environment for scientific exchange. In partnership with the National Astronomical Observatories and other astronomical centers and universities in China, KIAA is engaged in theoretical and observational initiatives, development and utilization of facilities, and training of students and postdocs. KIAA regularly sponsors thematic workshops, conferences, and special-topic training programs. KIAA is establishing exchange and visiting programs with other Kavli institutes and a network of universities and astronomy centers worldwide.
The successful applicant will be provided a research budget, and will have opportunities to work abroad with collaborators in the U.S., Canada, Chile, and Europe. The appointment is for a period of 24 months, with potential for extension up to an additional 12 months, contingent on funding and performance.
RANK: Postdoctoral fellow.
SALARY: Depending on qualifications and experience.
START DATE: April, 2014 or later
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, planetary sciences or related fields completed or expected by effective date, and a demonstrated record of research excellence. Candidates of any nationality are encouraged to apply.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit the following by email: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, a 1-2 page statement of current and future research interests, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly via email. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.