Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Kristen McQuinn and her group on near-field cosmology and studies of low-mass galaxies. The main project will be Scylla: a 500 orbit HST program that will obtain WFC3 near-ultraviolet to near-infrared imaging of fields in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and other Local Group dwarf galaxies in parallel with the HST Director’s Discretionary Time program ULLYSES. Scylla’s main goals are to (1) map the extinction curve and dust grain properties at high resolution in a diverse range of interstellar conditions; (2) constrain the multi-dimensional structure of gas in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds; and (3) measure the comprehensive star formation and chemical enrichment histories of galaxies. The result will be an unprecedented view of star formation from the dusty ISM. The focus of this position is on the star formation and chemical evolution histories of the galaxies and will include collaborating with the full Scylla team, especially Dr. Clair Murray (Scylla PI, JHU) and Dr. Karl Gordon (STScI). There will be opportunities to work on other projects, to propose for observations with Hubble, JWST, and other facilities, and work on independent projects in related areas.
The position is for two years, with a possible renewal for up to four years, contingent upon performance and funding. The nominal start date is fall 2020, but negotiable. Rutgers is located 45 mins from New York City and offers competitive benefit packages and salaries.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field. Research experience in extragalactic observations in the nearby universe is desirable; expertise in UV-optical-NIR photometry, numerical methods, or statistics, is a plus.
Complete applications received by November 25, 2019, will receive full consideration.
Interested candidates can apply via the Rutgers Employment Opportunities webpage https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/101841 and submit the following in a single PDF file: a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, and a summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages). Please also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be emailed to Lisa Rivera (firstname.lastname@example.org).