Gemini Science Fellows (Deadline: 1 December 2013)

Gemini has an opening for one Science Fellow at each of Gemini North, Hilo, Hawaii, and Gemini South, La Serena, Chile. These Science Fellow positions are for fixed three-year terms, with half of the Fellow’s time spent on personal research, and half on Observatory support duties. The Observatory expects to fill one position at each site annually, advertising in the 4th quarter for positions beginning in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the following year.

The successful Science Fellow will propose a 3-year research program in which Gemini observations figure prominently. Individual scientific research is supported by a research budget, and a fraction of the time available on both Gemini telescopes is used for successful peer-reviewed staff proposals. Information on current and future instruments at each telescope can be found on the Gemini web pages. Fellows are members of the Gemini Research Faculty, actively and independently contributing to the research environment at the Observatory; collaboration with other Gemini staff is also encouraged.
Science Fellows at Gemini acquire significant training and experience in large ground-based telescope operations—becoming proficient both in state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation and research, and in the techniques of modern, queue-based observing methods. Fellows train as queue-scheduled observers and support external investigators in the preparation of their observations. Additional Observatory duties include support of Gemini instrumentation, employing queue planning tools to construct nightly observing plans, and/or working on Observatory development projects, depending on the Fellow’s interests.
Gemini offers an attractive and competitive salary and benefit package. The majority of the successful applicants’ time is spent at the base facilities in Hilo, Hawaii, or La Serena, Chile. Hilo is a town with a very diverse population of about 43,000 people, a tropical climate, and a substantial international astronomical community supporting the observatories on Mauna Kea. La Serena is a mid-sized city on the ocean, with a population of about 400,000 in the metropolitan area, also supporting a number of professional astronomical facilities. It is a popular tourist destination in the (Chilean) summer.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: near-IR spectroscopy and imaging; optical and multi-object and IFU spectroscopy; adaptive optics and high spatial resolution imaging. Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon (2900 m) or Mauna Kea (4200 m) summit.
Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position, your curriculum vitae, a research statement that provides a summary of your most important contributions to research in astronomy and describes your future plans, and a statement of observatory support interests. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position. Application materials should be submitted online through the Gemini web site: www.gemini.edu/jobs. Please include the AAS Job Register number in your cover letter. Applications received by December 1, 2013 will receive full consideration. The starting date is negotiable but is expected to be between April and August 2014. For further information about the positions please contact Dr. Sandy Leggett, Gemini-North Head of Science Operations (sleggett@gemini.edu), Dr. Bernadette Rodgers, Gemini-South Head of Science Operations (brodgers@gemini.edu) or Dr. Nancy Levenson, Deputy Director and Head of Science (nlevenson@gemini.edu)

URL: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#175

Head of Science Operations at Gemini-South (Deadline: open until position is filled)

Gemini Observatory announces an opening for the position of Head of Science Operations at Gemini South, in La Serena, Chile. This is a full-time, regular position, available immediately. The start date is negotiable, however a start date before February 2014 is highly desirable.
The Head of Science operations is responsible for delivery of science operations for users of Gemini South, and manages the Science Operations group at the site. The Science Operations group performs the core duties which comprise science operations at Gemini. These include the following: supporting the time allocation process carried out by the international partners and the ITAC; maintaining the telescope schedule, supporting the National Gemini Offices in their work with Principal Investigators on observation preparation; carrying out queue observing and supporting classical observing, providing scientific support for instrumentation, maintaining user information on the Gemini web pages, and conducting astronomical research. Within the science operations group there are the research staff: scientists, astronomers and Science Fellows with support duties; the non-research Science Operations Specialists group (whose duties are detailed elsewhere); and the Data Processing Development group. The Head of Science Operations, of which there is one at each site, is a research astronomer, responsible for oversight and direction of all of these activities, either directly or via intermediate managers; identifies and implements organizational improvements; and performs staff management and scheduling for most members of the group. The Head of Science Operations is also involved in strategic planning at the Observatory level, in reporting to various governance bodies. They carry out a program of personal research in an agreed fraction of their total time.
Requirements: Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or related discipline. Significant optical and/or infrared observational, data analysis and/or instrumentation experience is highly desirable, as well as a desire to facilitate scientific research for others. Candidates must have strong understanding of observatory operations in all aspects: instrumentation, data collection and analysis, PI needs and support. Must be familiar with observatory systems and instruments, including computer systems, software tools, communication systems. Must possess leadership, organizational and communication skills and be able to manage a multidisciplinary group. Must be fluent in English. The post requires a significantly above-average level of personal initiative. Requires outstanding judgment and ability to communicate firmly when issues of safety of personnel or the telescope are apparent. Must possess the ability to work productively in a multinational team. Previous experience of staff management would be an advantage.

Must be safety conscious; possess or be able to obtain a valid passport; willing and able to travel internationally; possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; and be able to drive 4WD vehicles. Applicants must be able to work nights at the altitude of the Cerro Pachon summit, 2700 m.
Send a cover letter relating your experience and education to the requirements of the position, your resume, and a research statement. The names and email addresses of three professional references must also be provided. All documents are required in order to be considered for the position.

URL: http://www.gemini.edu/jobs#175

Postdoctoral Research Position in Observational Astrophysics, Universite de Montreal (Deadline January 31, 2014)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position within the Extragalactic Research Group at the Université de Montréal, to work with Professor Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo.

The successful candidate will work on topics broadly related to black hole feedback in massive galaxies, groups and clusters, as well as the physics of compact objects. He or she will have access to data taken with the new JVLA, the GMRT, Chandra and XMM-Newton.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or a related field. Experience with radio observations is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will receive mentoring and networking opportunities that include advising undergraduates, traveling to conferences and to visit collaborators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of New Mexico. The Université de Montréal is also part of the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Québec (CRAQ), a partnership between the Université de Montréal, the Université Laval and McGill University. The successful candidate will have access to these resources.

Applicants should e-mail a single PDF to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014 containing:
1. A cover letter explaining his or her interest and qualifications for the position (1 page).
2. A brief statement of past research and future aims (2 pages or less).
3. A CV, including a publications list.
Please also arrange for 2 letters of reference to be e-mailed to juliehl@astro.umontreal.ca by January 31, 2014.

The starting date is Fall 2014, with an earlier start possible. The appointment is for two years, with a third year contingent on performance and funding.