The ALMA Regional Center (ARC) Taiwan-node at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taipei, Taiwan is opening a position of ARC postdoc. The ARC postdoc will contribute to ARC core functions which primarily cover user and technical support of ARC operation. Specific tasks include but not limited to QA2 data calibration and imaging, help-desk support, contact scientists, observation preparation, and/or user/science workshop organizing tasks. The postdoc may further have the opportunities to engage in other ALMA related projects, such as the development and verification of ALMA software, CARTA, for example, under the ACDC, and/or the commissioning and science verification of the ALMA Band1 receiver.
The postdoc will carry out institute service tasks at ARC and personal scientific research at a roughly 50%-50% split. The successful candidate will have access to the full resources of ASIAA and is expected to work on personal research under the supervision with ASIAA’s faculty members. The postdoctoral appointment will initially be for two years, with possible extension for additional two years based on satisfactory performance.
ASIAA has access to forefront observing facilities including ALMA, SMA, JCMT, CFHT, and the Subaru Telescope. We are partners in the Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) and Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) projects, and are a member of the SDSS-IV, CFHT-SPIRou, LSST, and GBT-IM Surveys. The Y.T. Lee Array on Mauna Loa is conducting intensity mapping of CO rotational transitions. The Greenland Telescope (GLT) project successfully imaged the black hole shadow through the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration in 2017, and GLT has joined the EHT observations since 2018. The TAOS-2 project will start a survey of small objects beyond Neptune via occultation and other time-domain sciences at San Pedro Mártir, Mexico. The Theory Group develops theoretical models and numerical simulations, which include astrochemistry and radiative transfer codes that bridge observations, as well as cosmological N-body codes including neutrinos. ASIAA has a dedicated CPU cluster, several GPU servers, as well as access to the National High-performance Computing Center. ASIAA is located in the main campus of the National Taiwan University in Taipei. ASIAA has approximately 210 staff, including 45 faculty members. ASIAA offers an international environment (61 foreign members from 18 countries), with English being the working language. More information on our projects and the Institute can be found on our website.
Applicants should hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics, physics, or equivalent fields. The Taiwan ARC node postdoc applicant should have expertise in (sub)millimeter observations. Experiences with interferometric data calibration and analyses and CASA software is particularly preferred. Being the interface between the user community and the observatory, having good communication skill is also desired. Further knowledge about astronomical software and/or instrumentation commissioning will be a plus.
Applicants should apply online and submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a publication list, (3) a summary of past and current research or instrumentation experience (limited to 3 pages), and (4) a plan for future research (limited to 3 pages of text, with at most 2 additional pages for figures and references). Applicants are also requested to arrange three letters of recommendation to be submitted online at the same site by the deadline.