The University of Arizona Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Dr. Chad Bender and collaborators to develop and implement data reduction software for the NEID spectrometer. NEID is the flagship radial velocity instrument of the NASA/NSF NN-Explore program (https://exoplants.nasa.gov/exep/NNExplore/), and will be commissioned at the 3.5m WIYN telescope in 2019. NEID’s primary science missions will involve next-generation radial velocity exoplanet surveys to discover Earth mass planets around Sun-like stars, TESS follow-up, and identifying targets for upcoming space-based exoplanet missions.
NEID data pipeline development is expected to continue post-commissioning for a nominal 5 year period (coincident with a 5 year GTO program). The successful applicant will be a member of the NEID software team, and will be able to collaborate in NEID science carried out by the GTO science team. Onsite work at Kitt Peak National Observatory will occasionally be required. The applicant should have experience developing and writing data reduction pipeline software for astronomical data, and be fluent in Python, and GIT; experience with IDL and Fortran is valued, but not required. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The application deadline for the position is May 31, 2019. Applications should be submitted electronically for Position # P20802 at https://uacareers.com and include a curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of research that includes descriptions of previous software development efforts and future research interests, and contact information for three references. Reference letters will be solicited by U of A directly from the references at a later time. The nominal start date for the position is August 1, 2019, or sooner if possible.
In addition to possible science collaborations within the NEID team, the applicant will have access to the observing facilities at Steward Observatory (through the Arizona TAC), including the LBT, MMT, Magellan, and small telescopes on Kitt Peak and Mt. Lemmon.