Carnegie Postdoc in Extragalactic Astronomy

The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a non-profit, world-class astronomical institution in Pasadena, California, invites applications for two postdoctoral associate position in extragalactic astronomy to begin September 1, 2018.

The Postdoctoral Research Associates will work with Dr. John S. Mulchaey and Dr. Gwen C. Rudie on studies of galaxies and AGN and their surrounding circumgalactic medium. Each postdoc will lead critical aspects of one of two HST projects with significant allocation from Cycle 25. Previous experience with ground-based multi-object spectroscopy, or HST imaging or grism spectroscopy is desirable, but not required.

In addition to their work with these projects, the Postdoctoral Research Associates can apply to PI their own independent projects utilizing Carnegie’s observational facilities including the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes , the 2.5-meter Dupont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. Carnegie is also a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that the academic environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas work together. As such, we urge applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The appointment will be for two years, with a possible third year extension based on performance and funding availability.  The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the position. The application should include a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a description of past and current research. In addition, applicants should provide names and email addresses for three individuals willing to provide a letter of reference. All materials must be submitted online at For full consideration, please submit your application by January 1st. We expect to interview possible candidates at the January AAS meeting or via skype, and make offers to our highest ranked candidates by February 1st. We will accept applications until the positions are filled.

Carnegie Observatories offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The Carnegie Institution for Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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