Postdoctoral Researcher - 13095BR

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department: 
Physics and Astronomy
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill one postdoctoral researcher in the field of galaxy evolution.

Starting Date: July 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as the position can be filled (also negotiable).

Length of Appointment: Initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of renewal for a third year pending performance and availability of funds.

GENERAL DUTIES: The successful candidate will analyze HST and Spitzer imaging data of a large set of high redshift clusters to determine how cluster galaxies quench their star formation and assemble their stellar mass over cosmic time. 50% of the successful candidate’s time is expected to be devoted to the development of their own research program.

Job Description

Conduct research in extragalactic observational astronomy in collaboration with members of the University of Kansas galaxy evolution group and with the PI’s collaborators world-wide. This entails the study of a large set of high redshift clusters using multi-band HST and Spitzer imaging, supplemented with ground-based imaging and spectroscopy using a broad array of ground-based telescopes. The successful candidate will analyze the evolution in the galaxy luminosity and stellar mass functions of galaxies in these clusters and will build toy models to explain their evolution. In addition, the candidate is expected to pursue their own independent research program, publish their findings, present their work at national and international conferences, and partake in career development activities.

Specific job duties:

35% Conduct research in extragalactic observational astronomy
  • Collaborate with members of the University of Kansas galaxy evolution group and with the PI’s collaborators world-wide
  • The study of a large set of high redshift clusters using multi-band HST and Spitzer imaging, supplemented with ground-based imaging and spectroscopy using a broad array of ground-based telescopes
  • Analyze the evolution in the galaxy luminosity and stellar mass functions of galaxies in these clusters and will build toy models to explain their evolution
35 % Conduct independent research
  • Pursue independent research program
  • Look for opportunities to collaborate with Rudnick on new projects
  • Build personal research network
  • Partake in career development activities
15% Dissemination
  • Publish findings of research
  • Present work at national and international conferences
10% Supervision
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate students
5% other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the required qualification will be made through (1) records of accomplishments entered in CV, (2) description of research and education experience provided in the application materials, (3) references, and (4) publications as appropriate.
  1. Ph.D. degree in astronomy or related discipline
  2. Demonstrated experience in astronomical data analysis based on publications in which the candidate has analyzed astronomical data as evidenced by the application materials
NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6 months.

Preferred Qualifications

N/A

Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete job description and to apply go to https://employment.ku.edu/staff/13095BR.
Applicants should submit a cover letter with the names and contact information of three references, CV, publication list, a statement of past research, and a statement of research interests. In addition, three reference letters should be sent to kgalpostdocsrch@ku.edu. For questions, please email kgalpostdocsrch@ku.edu.

Full consideration will be given to applicants whose materials are received by Dec. 10, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Gregory Rudnick
(kgalpostdocsrch@ku.edu)

Advertised Salary Range

$48,000-53,000

Application Review Begins

10-Dec-2018

Anticipated Start Date

01-Jul-2019

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
13095BR
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
10-Dec-2018
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