Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in UCLA's Galactic Center Group to start anytime in 2018

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California, Los Angeles
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy Department
Street Line 1: 
430 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in UCLA's Galactic Center to start anytime in 2018.

UCLA GCG is looking for two successful candidates to work on the Galactic Center Orbits Initiative with team members on science and methodology development for precision measurements of stellar orbits around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. two-decade long data set offers a wide variety of science opportunities that the successful candidates could pursue, including tests of General Relativity with stellar orbits, Galactic dynamics & star formation history, extreme star formation, and black hole accretion physics. The two methodology development areas that we are looking for are (1) high precision astrometry and reference frame construction (using a combination of Adaptive Optics data from W. M. Keck Observatory and WFC3-IR data from Hubble Space Telescope) and (2) advanced modeling of stellar orbits (implementing tests of GR and alternative theories of gravity).

Applicants for this postdoctoral position must have received (or expect to shortly a PhD degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a related discipline. For the astrometry position, experience with image data analysis and astrometry is desirable. For the GR modeling position, deep knowledge of theory as it relates to General Relativity and/or alternative theories of gravity and experience with orbital modeling is desirable. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, three letters of reference and a brief statement of research interest to, specifying which position (astrometry or GR) by Jan 15, 2018. For further information, please contact Prof. Andrea Ghez (

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Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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Postdoctoral Fellow position in UCLA's Galactic Center Group