The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work with Professors Jennifer Marshall and Louis Strigari to study near-field cosmology and Milky Way satellite galaxies using data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and other modern deep imaging surveys. The successful candidate will have access to the complete DES dataset and will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the DES Milky Way Working Group in addition to our 12 member group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates at Texas A&M.
Over the past decade Texas A&M has built an energetic astronomy group with research activities spanning a wide range of areas: supernovae and their application to cosmology, near-field cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, astrostatistics, astro-particle physics, resolved stellar populations, and extrasolar planets. In addition to DES, Texas A&M is an institutional member of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), the Hobby Eberly Telescope Dark Energy eXperiment (HETDEX), and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Astronomy at Texas A&M is supported by the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy.
The initial appointment is for two years, with an additional year contingent on performance and funding. The appointment will begin as soon as possible but no later than September 1, 2018. Requirements for the position include an earned PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related area. The selected candidate must provide official proof of completed PhD or equivalent degree requirements six weeks prior to the start date. The position also includes competitive benefits through Texas A&M; see https://employees.tamu.edu/benefits/ for details.
To apply, please submit a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of at least three references by email (in .pdf formatted attachments) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin on February 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Texas A&M is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we especially encourage applications from women and members of minority groups.