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Young Variable Stars - Astrobiology Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Hawaii

(The positition has been filled)

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow with interests in young variable stars to work with the University of Hawaii's NASA Astrobiology Institute lead team (see http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/). The UH lead team maintains an innovative and multi-disciplinary research environment linking astronomical, biological, microbiological, chemical, and geological sciences to investigate the origin, history, distribution and role of water as it relates to life in the universe. The program centers around interactions with an interdisciplinary group of postdoctoral fellows. We have a particular need for an individual interested in the study of variability of young stars and circumstellar disks, to be performed within the VYSOS (Variable Young Stellar Objects Survey) project led by Dr. Bo Reipurth. VYSOS uses two new robotic 16 inch telescopes, one located at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the other at Cerro Armazones in Chile. Both telescopes will be devoted to continuous monitoring of regions of recent star formation all along the Galactic plane, starting early 2007. The observations are automatically reduced and calibrated using advanced software packages that result in major data bases and catalogs, which are consulted using efficient algorithms.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field, a record of research in stellar astronomy as demonstrated by publications, good computer and software skills, and expertise in astronomical data processing and handling of large databases. Additional desirable qualifications: Experience with image analysis, software for automated data reduction, algorithms to find variable objects, time series analysis, and/or scheduling software. Education and public outreach is an integral part of the Astrobiology program and experience with or interest in E/PO will be considered positively in an application.

The successful candidate will join the VYSOS team in the commissioning phase and will focus on research using the VYSOS data. He/she will also have access to follow-up observations using the unequaled astronomical observing facilities of the Mauna Kea and Haleakala observatories. The candidate is encouraged to work collaboratively with other fellows and co-investigators in an interdisciplinary environment and is expected to participate in the group activities (e.g. seminars, meetings, discussion groups etc). The appointment is for 2 years assuming satisfactory progress and availability of funds. Fellows will receive a stipend of approximately $4400 per month, a small relocation allowance and basic research costs.

Please address application materials including a complete application form (http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/application.html), which includes a CV, publication list, and a list of three professional references to Michele Tom, Personnel Officer, Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822. The letters of recommendation SHOULD BE sent SEPARATELY to this same address. Further details about the VYSOS project may be obtained from Dr. Bo Reipurth by email (reipurth@ifa.hawaii.edu). Questions about the UH Astrobiology lead team's program may be directed to Dr. K. J. Meech (meech@ifa.hawaii.edu). Applications will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2007 and the position kept open until filled. The position is available immediately. The University of Hawaii is an EEO/AA employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Date Posted: Dec-11-2006.