Postdoctoral Research Associate in Observational Galaxy Evolution

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on observational studies of galaxy formation and evolution with Dr. Mark Dickinson and his colleagues. These projects will include: (1) JWST Early Release Science observations, with an emphasis on NIRSpec multi-object spectroscopy; (2) HST WFC3 slitless spectroscopy of candidates for massive, quiescent high-redshift galaxies; (3) developing science cases and observing strategies for high-redshift extragalactic imaging and slitless spectroscopy surveys with WFIRST; and (4) potentially a variety of projects involving deep field multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopy from HST, ALMA, Herschel, Chandra, Keck/MOSFIRE, and other facilities. The successful candidate will join the WFIRST Extragalactic Potential Observations (EXPO) Science Investigation Team and the JWST Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science (CEERS) team, and will collaborate with other members of these teams on research and data analysis. There will be opportunities for carrying out original, independent research projects as well.

The initial term of appointment will be one year, with the possibility for reappointment for up to three years, contingent on performance and on the availability of funding.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy or closely related physical science

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a statement of current and future research interests, all as PDF files. Three confidential letters of reference should be sent to, with the name of the applicant included in the subject heading. Completed applications and letters of reference received by 26 January will receive full consideration, but earlier submission is encouraged.

Questions regarding this position should be sent to Dr. Mark Dickinson at

NOAO offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) manages several astronomical observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory and the Gemini Observatory) and construction projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Daniel. K. Inouye Solar Telescope) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation. AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion.

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Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 26, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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