Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Post Doc (Amherst Only)
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Astronomy
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associate

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

Research in the field of observational astrophysics focusing on the analysis of star clusters in external galaxies as tracers of star formation. Lead and participate in various aspects of the research, including but not limited to: processing images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes; developing and applying codes for searching and identifying star clusters in multi-wavelength galaxy images; developing and applying codes for deriving the clusters' physical properties (ages, masses, extinctions); collaborating with colleagues in Computer Science to develop and test a Machine Learning algorithm to perform the above. Lead and participate in interpreting the results by comparison with predictions from models of formation and evolution of star clusters.



Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or equivalent field. Experience in observational astronomy, with particular emphasis on data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Experience with Astronomical Databases.

Additional Information:

Work Schedule -Monday – Friday

Salary Information -Commensurate with experience.


Application Instructions:

Please include a curriculum vitae (including publication list), a summary of past research accomplishments (3 pages limit) and current research interests (1-3 pages). Applicants should also provide three professional letters of reference with their application and should apply by the priority deadline of January 15, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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