Arizona State University, Cosmology / CLAS / ASU

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Position ID:ASU-Cosmology-POSTDOC [#14804]
Position Title: POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCHOLARS -- Hubble Space Telescope “SKYSURF” project
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Tempe, Arizona 85287, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Astronomy
Appl Deadline:2019/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/25, finished 2020/05/17, listed until 2019/11/15)
Position Description:    

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The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for two postdoctoral scholars to work on Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 27-29 Archival Legacy project ``SKYSURF'' (AR-15810). More information about the School can be found on:

SKYSURF will use HST's unique capability as absolute photometer to measure the 0.2-1.7 micron all-sky surface brightness from 57,302 ACS and WFC3 datasets in ~1100 fields, and constrain the Zodiacal Light, Kuiper Belt Objects, Diffuse Galactic Light, and the Extragalactic Background Light. SKYSURF will also make optimized panchromatic object catalogs to precisely measure cosmic variance in the galaxy counts and the discrete panchromatic EBL. The retrieval, processing and analysis of SKYSURF's data, while non-standard, will be highly automated.

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions to work in collaboration with Prof. Rogier Windhorst and Dr. Seth Cohen and Dr. Rolf Jansen at ASU, with SKYSURF staff at STScI and GSFC and our collaborators in Australia. The successful candidates will lead either SKYSURF's surface brightness part or its discrete object part, and their scientific publications. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of the doctoral degree.

The initial appointment is for one year with subsequent annual renewal for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The start date is Jan. 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. This position comes with a competitive salary, funding for travel, moving expenses, and full health insurance coverage. Further details may be obtained from

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, or closely related field by the start date, and a background in large astronomical databases. Desired qualifications include expertise in processing, analyzing and publishing large Hubble Space Telescope data sets. Demonstrated scientific programming experience in Python are greatly desired.

To apply, please arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to, and upload a single PDF document to this url that includes:

* A cover letter

* Contact information and email addresses for the three references

* A curriculum vitae with a list of refereed publications

* A statement of past research accomplishments and future research goals (three pages or less).

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 15, 2019; Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ( at ASU values cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the College diversity of the academic community.

ASU's postdoctoral benefits are on: A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See and .

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
ASU Cosmology
Goldwater Building, 650 E. Tyler Mall Tempe, AZ 85287-1404

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