Research Associate- Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, June 17, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Washington
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Street Line 1: 
3910 15th Ave NE
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (WINGS) science investigation team ( is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to help develop the nearby galaxy observing program for the WFIRST mission. Applications are solicited for a postdoctoral position to work with Dr. B. Williams in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to carrying out a vigorous research program on matters of mutual scientific interest with Dr. Williams and the international WINGS collaboration, candidates will develop a pipeline to produce simulated WFIRST images and to perform crowded-field photometry and star/galaxy separation on those images. This analysis pipeline will be used to perform tests that will inform on the final design of the nearby galaxy survey and the technical design of the WFIRST mission, which will be finalized in 2020. WFIRST launch is currently scheduled for 2025.

The University of Washington and the International Union, Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW 4121) currently are negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement for Postdoctoral Scholars. Employees in this title are represented by UAW 4121 and will be subject to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information and updates on the bargaining process, please visit  

Qualifications: The requirements for the position are: a PhD or foreign equivalent in astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, experience creating databases, and experience working with large data sets.

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation via this link:

Review of applications will begin on May 6, 2019. The ad will remain open until filled on Interfolio. If you have any questions please email the Astronomy department at

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, June 24, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Benjamin Williams
United States of America