Astronomical Data Analyst

California, United States
03 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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Job Summary

We seek to hire an intern with physics/astronomy/computer science experience to work on the Census of the Local Universe (CLU) survey. The intern will work on analyzing new candidate transient events in the local universe from ZTF (Zwicky Transient Facility) stream and undertake follow-up characterization with the GROWTH (Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen) project.

Job Duties

  •  Monitor the ZTF alert stream for new candidate transients in the local universe
  • Undertake spectroscopic follow-up with Palomar Observatory and other telescopes in the GROWTH network
  • Analyze spectroscopic data and classify the transient events
  • Contribute to various papers on all types of transients in the local universe

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics or Astronomy or Computer Science
  • Some programming experience in python
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to regularly undertake night-time data collection with telescopes

Required Documents

  • CV