The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) has openings for faculty positions at the assistant, associate, and full research fellow levels. Candidates who work in (a) Optical/IR/Radio Astronomy, (b) Theoretical/Computational Astrophysics, or (c) Instrumentation (Optical/IR/Submillimeter) are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in astronomy/astrophysics, physics, or engineering, and preferably have prior postdoctoral experience.
ASIAA is an institute of Academia Sinica, the leading national research organization of Taiwan. The Institute has approximately 200 staff members. Research areas include the Solar and Exoplanetary Systems, Star and Planet Formation, Astrochemistry, Evolved Stars and Compact Objects, Galactic Dynamics, Active Galaxies, Galaxy Evolution, Cosmology, and Instrumentation Developments.
ASIAA has access to forefront radio observing facilities. ASIAA built two antennas, including receivers, for the SMA, and operates the SMA in collaboration with the SAO.
ASIAA has completed the assembly and integration of the 26 front-end units for the ALMA antennas in Taiwan. Taiwan is a member country in the ALMA project through collaborations with Japan and North America. ASIAA is the PI institute for ALMA's 35-50 GHz Band 1 receiver, which is currently under development in Taiwan. ASIAA also established the ASIAA CASA (Common Astronomy Software Applications) Development Center in 2016.
ASIAA is also a member of EACOA (East Asian Core Observatories Association) and has access to the JCMT of the East Asian Observatory (EAO).
The Y. T. Lee Array (aka AMiBA) on Mauna Loa is being modified for intensity mapping observations of CO rotational transitions.
Theoretical and computational astrophysics is pursued in our theoretical division, TIARA (Theoretical Institute for Advanced Research in Astrophysics). The CHARMS initiative incubated by TIARA, for example, aims to develop numerical simulators to bridge observations and theories in fluid dynamics, chemistry, and radiative transfer.
ASIAA has gained access to the CFHT, Subaru Telescope, and associated surveys, such as the Hyper-Suprime-Cam (HSC) and Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) surveys through participation in instrumentation developments. ASIAA is also an Associate Institutional Member of the SDSS-IV project.
The TAOS-2 project, consisting of three 1.3m telescopes located at San Pedro Mártir in Mexico, will see first light in 2017 and conduct a survey of small objects beyond Neptune and other time-domain sciences.
The VLBI group is leading submn VLBI to image the shadows of supermassive black holes, and related sciences such as AGN jets and imaging simulations. Deployment of a 12m telescope to Greenland for the VLBI operation is ongoing, aiming for first light in 2017/2018. It is also planned to conduct single dish THz sciences.
More information on each topic or facility can be found in our Home page.
ASIAA offers excellent research facilities and an international environment, where English is the working language. We seek candidates who can lead the Institute's research programs, or initiate entirely new forefront programs. Applicants should apply online and submit:
(1) a curriculum vitae,
(2) a summary of past research (or instrumentation experience), and
(3) a plan for future research.
Applicants are also required to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted online. Applications completed by or on 15 January 2017 will receive full consideration.