Postdoctoral Research Associate (MOONS) at Texas A&M University

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 19, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Texas A&M University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
4242 TAMU
College Station
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The astronomy group at Texas A&M University is seeking to fill one or more postdoctoral researcher positions to work on the MOONS (Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph) GTO Extragalactic Survey (MOONRISE). MOONS is an infrared multi-fiber spectrograph to be mounted on the 8-meter Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory. It employs 1000 fibers with individual robotic positioners, and both low- and high-resolution simultaneous spectral coverage across the 0.64-1.8 μm wavelength range. Texas A&M University has joined the MOONS consortium as a scientific partner and will have full access to the data from two guaranteed time surveys, the MOONRISE extragalactic survey (200 nights) and a survey of the Milky Way and its satellites (100 nights).

Successful applicants for these positions will collaborate in the MOONRISE scientific programs, which aim to observe an infrared magnitude selected sample of hundreds of thousands of galaxies, centered on the cosmic noon redshift range (z = 1 – 2.5), with sub-projects focused on emission-line emitting galaxies, massive red galaxies, active galactic nuclei, and other objects, to trace the evolution of galaxies with large robust samples, and with wide-field coverage to probe the dependencies of these properties on galaxy environment. The postdocs will collaborate with other members of the TAMU group (including R. Kennicutt, J. Marshall, C. Papovich, J. Spilker, L. Strigari, J. Walsh) and with an international collaboration of scientists from the (mainly European) MOONS partners.

Applicants for this position will be considered as part of the broader advertisement for TAMU astronomy postdocs (Postdoctoral Research Associate (Astronomy) at Texas A&M University | AAS Job Register). Separate applications are not necessary, but those interested in the MOONS opportunity should state this in the cover letter requested as part of the application package and address the interest in MOONS in the requested research statement.

All applications must be submitted by uploading a single pdf containing a cover letter indicating interest in the MOONS opportunity, CV with full publication list, brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least three references to for position R-056521 (Postdoctoral Research Associate). Application review will begin on January 3, 2023.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$54000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Accrued vacation and sick leave; retirement programs; health insurance; optional insurances (vision, dental, life, AD&D)

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, March 10, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Astronomy Postdoc (MOONS) Search Committee
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Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Louis Strigari
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