The Astronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison seeks candidates for a post-doctoral position with Prof. Robert Mathieu. Research will focus on the evolution of binary populations in star clusters, especially observations and modeling of alternative pathways of stellar evolution such as blue stragglers. Of particular current interest is angular momentum evolution of stars undergoing mass transfer, mergers and collisions. The position includes access to a 20-yr database of WIYN/Hydra spectra, K2 campaigns of M67 light curves, and all department facilities including the WIYN Observatory and the SALT Observatory. The position is initially for two years, with an optional third year pending performance and funding. The start date is August 1, 2018; an earlier start is welcome.
Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field. Particularly relevant would be expertise in stellar evolution modeling, stellar rotation, binary stars, and high-resolution optical/NIR spectroscopy, for solar-like stars.
The successful applicant will be able to pursue independent projects, mentor students, and participate in broad professional development.
Applications should include a summary of research interests (up to 3 pages), a curriculum vita, a bibliography, and at least three letters of recommendation sent separately. Electronic submission of all materials preferred; hard copy may be sent to Angela Normington. The position will remain open until filled; all complete application files received by January 19, 2018 are assured full consideration.
The Department recognizes a diversity of perspectives and ideas as a vital asset, and is committed to engaging people from all backgrounds in a welcoming and inclusive community. Applicants who identify as underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.