Scientific Research Assistant

Location
Pasadena, California (US)
Posted
23 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2018
Ref
3809
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The successful applicant will participate in a broad observing program using the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Keck and Palomar Hale telescopes to observe luminous infrared galaxies to understand star formation and black hole growth in merging galaxies over a wide range in redshift. He/she will lead the analysis of near-infrared and optical imaging and spectroscopic data as part of a large, multi-wavelength study, participate in proposal and observation planning, and publish the scientific results in a peer-reviewed journal. This is a one-year term position.

Job Duties

1. Analyze HST WFC3 data and publish results
2. Prepare for and participate in ground-based observing at Keck and Palomar in support of HST project to observe dusty, infrared luminous galaxies

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics/Astrophysics
  • Two years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience in astronomical data analysis using IDL, Python, and C++

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience reducing and analyzing HST/WFC3 narrow-band imaging data, and writing/updating data pipelines for near-infrared and optical ground-based spectroscopy on large telescopes

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • CV