The Department of Astronomy at The Ohio State University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V (SDSS-V). The successful candidate will be expected to spend 50% of their time in technical support for SDSS-V, including integration, testing, and commissioning of the robotic fiber positioner systems designed by OSU, operations support, and target selection, and 50% on independent research broadly related to SDSS-V science. Researchers in all areas of observational astronomy will be considered, but experience in instrumentation and spectroscopy is especially sought. Current SDSS-V research interests at Ohio State include galaxy formation and evolution (including the Milky Way), stars and stellar populations, active galactic nuclei, the interstellar medium, chemical evolution, massive stars, supernovae and other transients, and exoplanets. Other research interests include cosmology and large-scale structure, astro-particle physics, and gravitational lensing. Observational facilities include a 1/6 share of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) and membership in SDSS-IV and SDSS-V, ASAS-SN, DESI, and other projects. Postdocs can be PIs on observing proposals, and there is no limit on the number of proposals. Computational facilities include a departmental cluster, and access to the Ohio Supercomputing Center. The department has an active instrumentation lab and strong ties to the Ohio State Physics Department through the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP). We seek candidates who will contribute to and benefit from highly interactive environment of Ohio State Astronomy.
The appointment will begin in Summer 2020 and run for two years. An extension to a third year is possible based on performance and availability of funds.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field by the start date of the appointment and experience with the analysis of observational data. Direct experience with the analysis of large spectroscopic datasets and instrumentation is helpful but not required. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.
Application Instructions: Please visit the Ohio State University’s job postings website at https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/101618 to submit a CV and a statement of research interests. Only applications submitted through jobsatosu.com will be accepted. The Ohio State University is an NSF Advance Institution.
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.