Postdoctoral Researcher to study the ISM and Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies

Job Summary

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
University of Texas, Austin
Department of Astronomy
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement

Job Description

The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position to collaborate with Prof. Danielle Berg and her research group on observational studies of the multi-phase interstellar medium, chemical evolution, and physical conditions of nearby star-forming galaxies. The successful applicant’s research will include analysis and interpretation of UV observations with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as part of the COS Legacy Archive Spectroscopic Survey (CLASSY) Treasury project, and will have the opportunity to lead the publication of results and lead follow-up observations. The successful applicant will be encouraged to spend part of their time on independent research or new projects.

Applicants with observational and/or theoretical expertise of star-forming galaxies are encouraged to apply. Expertise in one or more of the following areas in desirable: (a) UV/optical spectroscopy; (b) data reduction from space-based/ground-based observatories; (c) interstellar medium studies; (d) nebular emission-line diagnostics; (e) chemical evolution of galaxies; (f) photoionization modelling. More important is the willingness to take on new projects, learn new skills, and work independently to bring these projects to fruition.

UT Austin is a large astronomy department and the successful applicant will have access to McDonald Observatory facilities, including the 10m HET and 2.7m Harlan J. Smith telescopes. These telescopes host a number of excellent instruments, including the LRS2 low resolution IFU spectrograph and the HRS2 high resolution echelle spectrograph. There will also be opportunities to advise undergraduate or graduate students. Finally, Austin is a vibrant city with an active music and cultural scene, and excellent weather allowing year-round outdoor activities.

The start date is flexible, but nominally the successful applicant would begin between October 2020 and January 2021. Before starting, the applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer; astronomers from traditionally under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. More specifically, Prof. Berg is committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience, and seeks to foster an environment of acceptance, authenticity, and creativity. Initial appointment is for 2 years, with a 3rd year likely, contingent on funding and performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit a CV, publication list, statement of current and future research interests, and names of 3 references. The review of applications will begin on June 15th, 2020. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to: [email protected].

Compensation and Benefits

Included Benefits

UT has an excellent benefits program, described at

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2020 May 08
Application Deadline
2020 Jun 15


Danielle Berg