Two Postdoc Positions in High-z Universe and X-ray/SZ Observations of Local Galaxies - University of Michigan

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Michigan
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Ann Arbor
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for two postdoc positions in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan, to start in Fall 2020 but negotiable. The two postdocs will both work with Dr. Jiangtao Li, in collaboration with Prof. Joel Bregman’s group and any other people in the department. Both positions will initially be for one year, and could be extended for up to three years, depending on the availability of funding and the yearly progress evaluations.

The high-z position is to work on multi-wavelength observations of quasars, galaxies, circum-galactic medium (CGM), and inter-galactic medium (IGM) at the early universe, via either imaging or quasar absorption lines. Candidates should consider how to utilize current and future space- and ground-based telescopes, as well as University of Michigan facilities (especially Magellan or IRAM) to conduct their research. Previous experiences on optical/IR or mm-wave/radio observations and data reduction are preferred but not required.

The X-ray/SZ position is to work on Chandra/XMM-Newton or/and Planck observations of the hot CGM around local galaxies, as well as other extended extragalactic objects such as galaxy groups and clusters. Candidates interested in multi-wavelength observations of other CGM phases may also be considered. Previous experience on X-ray or SZ data reduction is preferred but not required.

For both positions, the candidates will be encouraged to conduct their own independent research projects.

The University of Michigan hosts a vibrant astrophysics research community within both the Astronomy and Physics Departments. Our research resources include institutional access to the twin Magellan 6.5-m telescopes in Chile, the MDM 1.3-m and 2.4-m telescopes on Kitt Peak, the Swift X-ray observatory, the IRAM 30m telescope and the NOEMA mm-wave array, and the university’s newly upgraded high-performance computing facilities (~13,000 cores). Please see our department website for more information.

Application materials should be received by December 31, 2019 for full consideration, but review of the applications will be continued until the positions are filled. Applicants must have a PhD, or expect to receive one before their start date. To apply please email a single PDF to (including "postdoc application" in the subject line), containing:
* a cover letter, please specify which position(s) you are applying for.
* a CV, including lists of successful proposals and publications.
* a brief description of research interests and experience (no more than 3 pages).
* a research proposal, especially on how to use U of Mich facilities to conduct your research (no more than 3 pages).
* contact information of three references.

Included Benefits: 

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer; women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. In addition, we also encourage applications from people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of astronomy. We are a department that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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