Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research positions to work in the Extragalactic Astrophysics group in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder with Professor Erica Nelson. In this position, the candidate will conduct research related to the formation and evolution of galaxies at z>3 with data from JWST cycles 1 and 2. These projects include spectroscopy of “universebreaker” galaxies, the Pirate code for inferring resolved stellar populations, the kinematic evolution of galaxies before the peak of the cosmic star formation history, and population-level analysis of the structural properties of galaxies at z>6. The applicant will work collaboratively with Professor Nelson to build an understanding of how early galaxies form and evolve. New ideas and research proposals in the field of early galaxy evolution are also encouraged.
Review of applications will begin December 22, 2023, and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy or related field at the start of the position. Preferred qualifications include experience with spectroscopic data reduction and analysis, space-based imaging, photometry, stellar population synthesis, and kindness. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing interest in the position, CV with a list of publications, and a brief [up to 3 pages] statement of your scholarly interests and how you would contribute to a research program on early galaxy evolution.
The start date is flexible, any time in 2024. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress.