Postdoctoral Scholar in Inter Stellar+Galactic Medium Program of Studies University of California, Santa Cruz, Astronomy and Astrophysics – UC Observatories United States

Postdoctoral Scholar


The Inter Stellar+Galactic Medium Program of Studies (IMPS) at the University of California Observatories (UCO) (see and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar in UCO and the UC Santa Cruz Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, under the direction of J. Xavier Prochaska. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct forefront research on topics related to diffuse gas in the universe. IMPS combines observational, numerical, and analytical studies of the I(S+G) M and of galaxy and star formation, and includes faculty Aguirre, Mathews, Madau, Robertson, and Prochaska. Along with other group members, the selected candidate will have access to the Keck and Lick Observatories and the Hyades super computer at UCSC. Observers and theorists (who will also be members of TASC; ) interested in I(S+G) M research, galaxy/IGM interactions, and star formation are encouraged to apply. Details on the Program can be found at


RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee


SALARY: $54,776 – $60,128, commensurate with qualifications and experience.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy or Physics, and research experience in the field of the interstellar or intergalactic medium.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated observational or theoretical expertise in the fields of the interstellar or intergalactic medium, galaxy formation, chemical enrichment, or star formation. Candidates should also have experience with proposal writing, have a strong publication record, and possess the ability to work independently yet collegially in a team environment.


POSITION AVAILABLE: September 1, 2018 (negotiable)


TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for a total of three years. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. In addition to a positive performance review, reappointment is contingent upon availability of funding. For appointments within the University of California, a total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.


TO APPLY: Applications are accepted and preferred via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a curriculum vitae with list of publications, two-page summary of relevant experience and plans, and three current confidential reference letters (submitted directly by your referees or dossier service).* Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.


APPLY AT Refer to Position #JPF00491-18T in all correspondence.


*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 5/31/2018.

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