The Star and Planet Formation Area of the Center for Astrophysics and Associated Technologies (CATA) calls for applications to a CATA postdoctoral research fellowship position focused on the early science exploitation of the SDSS-V Local Volume Mapper (LVM) dataset. The LVM is a revolutionary instrument and survey producing a wide-area integral-field-spectroscopic mapping of the Milky Way, the Magellanic Clouds, and other Local Volume galaxies, with the goal of studying the physics of star formation feedback over a wide range of spatial scales (0.1 pc to 1 kpc).
The position will be funded initially for two years with a one-year extension subject to a performance evaluation. Successful fellowship applicants are expected to work in close collaboration with one or more faculty members of the CATA Star and Planet Formation area. In particular, the position will be based at Universidad de Chile, under the supervision of Prof. Guillermo Blanc (SDSS-V LVM project Survey Scientist), and the research program will focus on the broad science exploitation of the LVM data in regions like the Orion nebula and the Magellanic Clouds, including exploiting synergies with datasets at other wavelengths (e.g. Herschel, ALMA, JWST), and collaboration with other CATA Star and Planet Formation Area members focused on star formation and feedback (e.g. Amy Stutz at U. de Concepción; Diego Mardones, Monica Rubio, and Guido Garay at U. de Chile).
The Center for Astrophysics and Associated Technologies (CATA) is a large government-funded astronomical Center, in 7 scientific areas ranging from cosmology and large scale structure of the Universe, to Solar System research, including most fields in observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics, as described here.
Successful fellows will have privileged access to the Chilean 10% time allocation on all telescopes in Chile, as well as Chilean access to membership in selected large surveys (e.g., LSST, SDSSV). CATA fellows will have access to supercomputers and GPU clusters, as required by their projects. In addition, CATA fellows will have access to CATA-provided administrative support, as well as the opportunity to explore the varied and striking natural landscapes of Chile, from high deserts to lush rainforests.
Please apply here, with a single pdf including: CV, list of publications highlighting a selection of works that are most relevant for the position, statement of research (max. 3 pages), and a list of at least 3 contact emails for letters of reference. Deadline: 14 December 2022.