Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position with Prof. J.D. Smith in the field of extragalactic astrophysics. The successful applicant will join a research program focused on developing infrared gas metal abundance tools, both locally and at high redshift. Among other goals, this program aims to exploit far infrared fine structure emission lines to help answer a question as basic as "is gas in galaxies, on average, super- or sub-solar", which remains elusive due to decades-old systematics. The successful applicant will also join the CHAOS team — using LBT/MODS to increase by >10x the depth and coverage of direct optical abundances locally.
The position will involve active participation in all phases of the project: data reduction, analysis, modeling, and publication in close collaboration with a strong international team. Involvement in the broad range of science themes enabled by our group's comprehensive multi-wavelength galaxy surveys will be encouraged.
Candidates must hold or anticipate a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy. The appointment is for one year initially, but is expected to extend to three. Related research and observing experience, including optical or infrared spectroscopy, could be helpful. To apply, please send a vita, bibliography, and statement of research, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent via email.