Postdoctoral position - IPAC with Lee Armus

IPAC, part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech, provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in extragalactic astrophysics to work on JWST observations of active galactic nuclei (AGN).
 
AGN can have significant impact on the evolution of their host galaxies through feedback in the form of gas winds and radio jets which can be seen on kpc scale, encompassing the entire galaxy. This opportunity is for a postdoctoral fellow to work with Lee Armus and collaborators at Caltech and JPL to reduce, analyze, and pubilsh Cycle 1 JWST integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopic data for a sample of high-redshift radio galaxies (HzRGs) and obscured AGN.  HzRGs are the only AGN population in which quasar mode feedback, radio mode feedback, and the host galaxies can be characterised simultaneously. The diffraction-limited resolution of JWST and two-dimensional coverage with the NIRSpec IFU provides a 10-fold improvement in resolution over existing observations and will allow us to map the stellar, gas, and excitation components of distant HzRGs all at once for the first time. 
 
Experience with integral field spectroscopy is highly desirable, and familiarity with AGN, stellar population synthesis, and/or dust modeling is also preferred. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue their own independent research programs, and will have IPAC institutional access to the Palomar 200-inch telescope.
 
Position Details:
- Lead analysis of the JWST data.
- Work with co-I's on analysis of ancillary data from other telescopes, e.g., ALMA.
- Participate in team meetings.
- Publish papers using JWST and other data and conduct independent research.

Skills and Qualifications:
- By the starting date, a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent, in an area relevant to the job details.
- Ability to work in an active team environment, including good written and verbal communication.
- Experience in the study of active with ground and/or space-based telescopes.
- Experience with infrared imaging and spectroscopy, especially analysis of emission line galaxies. Reduction and calibration of infrared spectroscopic data from JWST is particularly relevant.

Required Documents
- Full resume
- Cover letter
- Publication list
- A summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages)
- Three professional references (to be submitted upon request)

Appointment Details
- Two-year appointment, contingent upon funding.
- Application should be sent to [email protected] by Sept. 29 2023.
- Preferred start is December 2023.

People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. Caltech's benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. IPAC staff have access to the Institute's facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.

Hiring Range
Starting at $69,000 per annum 

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, and more. Non-benefit eligible employees will have access to some benefits such as onsite counseling and sick time. Learn more about our benefits and staff perks. 


EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.

Disability Accommodations
If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at [email protected]