Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Gemini Observatory/AURA
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

Gemini North has an opening for a research intern (undergraduate student or recent graduate) to work with Dr. Inger Jorgensen and Dr. Kristin Chiboucas on the Gemini/HST Galaxy Cluster Project in the period for four months, May-August 2018. The student is expected to be available for work full time, though part time work over a longer period will also be considered. The start date is flexible, however will preferably be no later than June 1. The position is a paid student internship.

The student will work on processing of spectroscopic data of high redshift galaxy clusters, obtained with the multi-object spectrograph GMOS on Gemini. The observational data are part of a large data set obtained by an international group of researchers to study the evolution of galaxies from redshift two to the present. The student will work closely with Drs. Jorgensen and Chiboucas at Gemini North.

The successful applicant must have good English communication skills, including being able to clearly document performed work. Students with prior experience with UNIX/Linux/MacOS-X, processing of either spectroscopic or imaging data with IRAF/pyraf, programming experience in python, and handling larger data sets will be given preference. Training in the relevant processing techniques will be provided.

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Dr. Inger Jorgensen, To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, grade sheet for courses completed, and provide names and contact information for two professional references. Using the electronic application procedure for Gemini positions, upload one PDF file containing all required information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Assessment of applications will start February 28, 2018.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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