Three Postdoctoral Positions on High Redshift Galaxies with JWST at Oxford under ERC Advanced Grant FirstGalaxies
Applications are invited for up to three postdoctoral research associates to join the team of a European Research Council Advanced Grant project at the University of Oxford under the direction of Professor Andy Bunker in the Department of Physics. The project, FirstGalaxies, studies galaxy evolution at high redshift through analysis of James Webb Space Telescope observations of high redshift galaxies. Professor Bunker is a member of the Instrument Science Team for the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) on JWST, and much of the Guaranteed Observing time of the Team will be spent on a large galaxy evolution study using the multi-object capabilities of NIRSpec. It is anticipated that the postdoctoral researchers will work with Professor Bunker and other members of the Instrument Science Team on the reduction, analysis and interpretation of these spectra, as well as with our colleagues on the NIRCam Instrument Science Team as part of the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES).
The posts are available initially for three years with a possible extension of up to another year.
Successful candidates will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in a relevant area of astronomy or astrophysics, should have expertise in high redshift galaxies and galaxy evolution (observations or theory), have the ability to work in a team and successfully conclude projects, have a proven record of research and publications in this or related areas commensurate with experience, and show willingness to contribute to the wider JWST JADES collaboration.
We anticipate recruiting three postdocs in the field of high redshift galaxies with observational or theoretical expertise in one or more of the following areas:
1) selection of high redshift galaxies (including using multi-waveband photometry)
2) experience of spectroscopy in the near-infrared or optical on high redshift galaxies (including data reduction and analysis)
3) interpreting galaxy spectra (including stellar population synthesis models, determining stellar masses, measurement of metallicities)
4) reionization of the intergalactic medium
5) derivation of luminosity functions and stellar mass functions
6) comparison of observations and theory/simulations to explore galaxy evolution
It is expected that the postdoctoral researchers will work with Professor Bunker at Oxford and with the wider NIRSpec-IST and JADES collaboration in the field of galaxy evolution at high redshift using JWST and potentially observations from other observatories. The three postdoctoral positions are supported by an Advanced Grant awarded to Professor Andy Bunker by the European Research Council, and the grant has been underwritten by the UK government in the event of the UK leaving the European Union.
You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and and arrange for two references to be sent to Leanne O’Donnell by the closing date – firstname.lastname@example.org
The supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).
Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in the job description. Please upload all documents as PDF files with your name and the document type in the filename.
All applications must be received by midday UK time on the closing date stated in the advertisement.