Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Mar 30, 2020
Sep 26, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The George Mason University, Department of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Science is looking for a one year Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a collaborative project at the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) in Washington, D.C. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

This position is being re-posted to solicit additional applicants. Prior applicants need not re-apply. The position is anticipated to be for 2 years, with the possible extension of 1 year based on performance and funding. The starting salary will be $68,000.00 and includes a competitive benefits package.

Duties: The successful applicant will work closely with researchers on photometric data spanning visual to near-IR wavelengths of stars and galaxies. Specific duties include: * The maintenance and further development of automated photometric data reduction and analysis code; * Development of photometric data reduction pipelines for new visual-wavelength facilities operated by USNO; * Further development and refinement of synthetic photometry and spectral energy distribution estimation software; * Collaboration with researchers at USNO on ongoing visual and near-IR surveys of galaxies and active galactic nuclei.

Required Qualifications: * Applicants must have completed a Ph.D in a related field prior to the first day of the appointment; * All applicants are required to be fluent in the Python programming language, and well-versed with key Python packages including NumPy, SciPy, and AstroPy; * Work will be performed at USNO,US Citizenship is required to be authorized to work at USNO.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with experience/publications in one or more of the following areas: * Active galactic nuclei and associated physical processes; * Spectral energy distributions of stars and stellar populations; * Photometric reduction and analysis techniques; * Additional preference will be given to applicants with significant experience using TOPCAT, SQL, and other database access/manipulation tools.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F180Az at href=""> ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

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Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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