Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaiʻi in Honolulu, to work with Dan Huber (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sukanya Chakrabarti (email@example.com), Robyn Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ben Shappee (email@example.com) on the analysis of variable star light curves obtained by the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN) and Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS).
ASAS-SN and ATLAS provide near all-sky photometric monitoring at nightly cadence. The successful candidate will lead the construction of an all-sky catalog of asteroseismic distances to galactic M giants using ASAS-SN and ATLAS light curves. The successful candidate is expected to (a) work with the ASAS-SN and ATLAS teams at IfA to produce light curves, (b) develop and verify software to perform frequency analysis and derive asteroseismic distances from light curves of M giants, (c) participate in the scientific evaluation of the results and (d) assist with the organization of a summer undergraduate research program in galactic astronomy for underrepresented minorities in Hawaiʻi. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for observing time on telescopes at Maunakea Observatories.
A PhD in astrophysics/astronomy or related fields is required. Experience with asteroseismology, Gaia and galactic astronomy is important.
The appointment will be a Non-Regular, Full-Time and Limited Term appointment for 2 years. Continuation of employment and possible extension for a third year is dependent upon availability of funds, program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. The start date is flexible and can be anytime in 2021. The annual salary will be approximately $68,500 per year.
Please e-mail application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10, 2021 with VARIABLE STARS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in the subject line. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if the position is not filled. Please send the following documents: 1) Cover Letter, 2) CV, 3) List of Publications, 4) Statement of Research Interests, and a 5) list of three reference writers. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please e-mail email@example.com.