Postdoc in Astronomical Instrumentation for the Local Volume Mapper Instrument

The Postdoctoral Research Associates will work with Dr. Nick Konidaris and Dr. Juna Kollmeier on developing instrumentation for the Local Volume Mapper Survey as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V program. 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 and V. Furthermore, Carnegie has a vibrant instrumentation community and we will develop and build instruments for all of the aforementioned facilities, as well as the Giant Magellan Telescope.

The appointment will be for two years, with a possible third year extension based on performance and funding availability.  Previous experience developing hardware or low-level instrumentation software is required. 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.  The application will be judged on ability to deliver cutting edge astronomical instrumentation.

All materials must be submitted online at by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

For full consideration, please submit your application by September 26, 2018. 

We expect to interview possible candidates via skype, and make offers to our highest ranked candidate.  The position will remain open until filled.  Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Nicholas Konidaris at    

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

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