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Postdoctoral Scholar Opening for Alex Filippenko (2013)

Pending approval of funds, the Department of Astronomy is currently seeking candidates for a postdoctoral researcher position to conduct research on observational studies supernovae (SNe) and other transients (e.g., gamma-ray bursts; GRBs). The postdoctoral scholars will be working under the direction of Professor Alex Filippenko. The start date for this position is September 2, 2014, or another date through mutual agreement.

The successful candidate(s) will have an interest in at least one of the following: studying long-term light curves of transients from diverse datasets; ground-based spectroscopy and spectropolarimetry of SNe, including data from the Lick and Keck Observatories; analysis of Hubble Space Telescope spectra and images of SNe, as well as images of their environments; studying high-redshift SNe as cosmological distance indicators; helping to constrain the nature of dark energy; and conducting a search for (and follow-up observations of) SNe and GRBs using the 0.76-m Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT) at Lick Observatory.

Besides conducting research, the successful candidate will participate in writing proposals and papers, developing data-analysis software, and assisting graduate and undergraduate students in the research group.

Minimum Qualifications:
The minimum qualifications required to be considered an applicant for the position: The completion of all their degree requirements except the dissertation in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field.

Additional Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent received by the start date. Experience with astronomical observations and data reduction, specifically CCD photometry and spectroscopy (long-slit and multi-slit). Knowledge of current problems related to SNe and/or GRBs and demonstrated competence in their solutions.

Salary for this full time position is $47,000-$59,000, commensurate with experience. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of a third year dependent upon funding.

Required application materials include a resume, publications list, one-page summary of research interests, and two recent publications, plus three letters of reference. Please submit applications electronically at:

https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00355 by April 2, 2014.

To ensure full consideration, all materials should arrive by that date, although applications will continue to be considered during the next several months if an open position remains.

Please make sure that three letters of reference are uploaded by your referees by April 2, 2014. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting their letters. For questions contact Alex Filippenko at alex@astro.berkeley.edu. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) provides a comprehensive program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance, and Voluntary Long-Term Disability Insurance.

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