Postdoc in proto-cluster galaxy evolution / PSF reconstruction

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of British Columbia
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
Victoria or Vancouver
Job Announcement Text: 

We  seek a postdoctoral researcher who will work primarily with Scott Chapman on two topics related to  galaxy  (proto)cluster formation. The post-holder will be based either at NRC in Victoria or the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Firstly, the PDRA will work with the South Pole Telescope team on a sample of protoclusters at z=4-7, identified with dedicated ALMA followup programs, putting these active protoclusters in context with galaxy and cluster formation,  work with the SPT surveys to uncover proto-clusters, and propose to Gemini, ALMA, etc. for followup.

Secondly, the post-holder will work with the Adaptive Optics group on Point Spread Function reconstruction, aimed at a new Multi-object Integral Field Spectrograph instrument (GIRMOS) being built for the Gemini telescope. This modelling and simulation work will inform the design of this instrument, and act as a vehicle to estimate the scientific potential of the instrument for studying early galaxies and followup to JWST sources.

The position is funded for 2 years  (with potential for extension). The  start date is September 2019 but an earlier start is possible.


The post-holder will have completed a PhD in galaxy formation or a related field,  and have a track record of publication in astronomical journals. Experience with instrumentation, and/or modelling of astronomical data is an asset.

Job specification is available here.

Candidates will need to upload a CV, a statement of research (2 pages maximum), and  contact information for three references. Cover letter can be included in “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$40000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

standard UBC benefit package

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Scott Chapman
University of British Columbia / National Research Council
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postdoc in galaxy evolution / AO PSF reconstruction