Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky

Position ID:UK-Physics and Astronomy-POSTDOCASTRO [#3301]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Galaxy Evolution
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0055, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Astronomy
Astrophysics / Experimental Astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2014/01/01 finished (posted 2013/09/25, finished 2014/07/06, listed until 2014/02/01)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Physics and Astronomy, University of Kentucky has expired, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position at the University of Kentucky to work on the upcoming project Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA: PI Kevin Bundy), which is part of SDSS-IV. MaNGA is an optical fiber-based multi-object IFU survey that will target 10,000 galaxies over a 6 year campaign with a scheduled first light in autumn 2014. MaNGA will allow the internal kinematics and spatially-resolved properties of stellar populations and gas inside galaxies to be studied as a function of local environment and halo mass for the very first time. The successful candidate will hold the title of MaNGA Survey Operations Manager in SDSS-IV and be primarily responsible for the daily monitoring of data quality, and performance of the automated reduction and analysis pipelines, and will be encouraged to participate in the continued development of the pipeline and the observing software system. The candidate will work with both the SDSS-IV/MaNGA team and the observing team at Apache Point Observatory, but primarily under the supervision of MaNGA Survey Scientist, Renbin Yan, at the University of Kentucky. The candidate is expected to spend 75% of his/her time on functional work and 25% on science, ideally on topics that will take advantage of the IFU data from MaNGA, such as stellar population age and metallicity, initial mass function, ISM abundance and ionization, internal kinematics of stars and gas, and triggering and feedback of AGN. For more details on MaNGA and the science one could do, see and .

We expect to make an appointment for two years with the possibility of renewal for a third year based on satisfactory performance and available funding. The appointment is expected to start on or before Sep 1, 2014. The job will require occasional travel to Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

A PhD in astronomy or physics is required. Previous experience with software development (especially IDL and python), spectroscopic observations, and/or IFU observations and analysis are strongly preferred. Knowledge of database management will be considered as a plus. Applicants should submit a letter of application outlining relevant prior experience, a CV, bibliography, and a statement of research interests, and have three letters of recommendation submitted separately, via this website. Review of application will begin after Jan 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position may be sent to Renbin Yan at . The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse geographical region. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral scholars are eligible for health insurance and basic life insurance benefits. For details, see

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