Postdoctoral Research Position in UV Experimental Astrophysics

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Work Arrangement

Job Description

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in research related to
circumgalactic media and experimental astrophysics in Prof. Chris Martin’s
Space Astrophysics Lab at Caltech. The group develops state-of-the-art astronomical systems and is involved in
ground and space-based projects. The group is seeking a qualified scientist to
participate in the design, implementation, commissioning, and use of
UV/Optical/NIR astronomical instrumentation. A record of success working in
a laboratory setting, experience with developing technology/instrumentation,
and/or experience managing projects in experimental astrophysics is
desired. Applicants with experience in observational spectroscopy and an
interest in instrumentation and project management will also be considered.

The applicant will have a leading role in one or more current group projects,

- development of new UV detector systems
- leading a multi-international UV multiplexing spectrograph/high-altitude balloon experiment (FIREBALL-2)
- sub-systems development for an innovative integral field spectrograph (Keck Cosmic Reionization Mapper)
- detection of circumgalactic media in distant galaxies

The applicant is also expected to lead science programs to detect and map
the intergalactic medium using the balloon, Palomar, and Keck integral field
spectrographs. This will be a 1-year assignment renewable for up to 3 years,
subject to funding and progress.

Please email a cover letter, CV, a list
of 3 references, and a list of your publications to Stephanie Cha-Ramos
[email protected].

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

Included Benefits:
Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance are provided by Caltech with minimal
employee contributions.

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Oct 14
Application Deadline
2022 Dec 01


Dr. Drew Miles