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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Applications are encouraged for a two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Colorado Boulder starting between May and August 2020, to work with Professor John Bally on observations and theory of star-formation.

The successful applicant will contribute to a research program using multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopy from Apache Point Observatory, Subaru, ALMA, the JVLA, and other facilities. Familiarity with data reduction methods and tools is essential. Candidates familiar with numerical simulations such as N-body, SPH, or other codes used to investigate the physics of outflows, their interactions with the surrounding ISM, protostellar dynamic interactions and mergers among protostars will also be considered. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the Universe in which we live through observations, theory, and the development of ground-based and space-borne instrumentation. Founded in 1985, CASA is an affiliated unit within the structure of the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Specific program goals are:
1. Complete the analysis and publication of existing data on the Orion OMC1 outflow, ejected stars, and environment. 
2. Observe other Galactic explosive outflow candidates constrain their event rates, properties, and impacts. 
3. Continue near-IR monitoring of nearby star-forming galaxies to determine if N-body protostellar interactions are responsible for some extra-galactic IR transients detected by Spitzer. 
4. Explore the use of 6.7 GHz (methanol) and 22 GHz (water) maser outbursts as alerts for protostellar mergers or major accretion-powered IR-transients. 
5. Model circumstellar disk & envelope behavior in interactions using public-domain SPH and N-body codes. 

What We Can Offer

The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress and availability of funds. The position includes a competitive salary, research/travel funds, and access to CU’s computing resources and partnership in the Apache Point Observatory and Sloan Digital Sky Survey.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or physics on arrival.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with visual, infrared, and radio data reduction and analysis methods. Familiarity with numerical simulation of star-forming environments would be welcome.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following application materials:
  1. Resume/CV (including a list of publications)
  2. Cover letter
  3. Transcripts/Proof of Degree
  4. Statement of research philosophy - Brief (up to 3 pages) research statement of your scientific interests and how you would specifically contribute to the research program described above.
  5. Three letters of recommendation to be emailed as PDFs to
Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs. 

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