OSIRIS Postdoc Position

Summer Undergraduate Research Positions

OSIRIS Postdoc Position

    Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in UCLA's Galactic Center Group to start any time between Spring 2016 and Fall 2016.

    Due Date: 2016-04-01

    The successful candidate will work with members of the Galactic Center Group to study the fundamental physics of black holes and the interaction of the Galactic black hole with its stellar environment, using laser guide star adaptive optics at Keck Observatory. Specifically, this position will be focused on methodology development to optimize the extraction of data from the integral-field spectrometer OSIRIS to carry out cutting-edge science. The primary responsibilities will be: 1) participate in a project to model the AO PSF on the spectrometer based on simultaneous observations of point sources on the imager of OSIRIS, 2) design new algorithms for optimally extracting spectra from densely packed integral-field spectrometer data and measure stellar parameters such as the radial velocity and spectral type, and 3) apply the new methodology to innovative Galactic Center science cases that are of mutual interest to the applicant and the Galactic Center Group. Applicants for this postdoctoral position must have received (or expect to shortly receive) a PhD degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or related disciplines. Experience with adaptive optics data, spectroscopy, and/or PSF modeling will be favorably regarded in the selection process. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of research interest to galactic.center@astro.ucla.edu. For further information, please contact Prof. Andrea Ghez.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Positions

    We offer research opportunities for qualified undergraduate students during summer, to work closely with the GCG members. This will be a competitive selection process similar to the REU program, and we encourage qualified students to apply. We expect to accept about 1-2 students for the summer.


    Participants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in astrophysics or physics:
    • Students must have finished at least one year of college.
    • Preferences will be given for UCLA students.
    • Unfortunately, we are not able to support international students.

    Application Process:

    Please fill out the online application form. We also request one letter of recommendation which should be sent to gcinfo@astro.ucla.edu.

    All documents should be submitted by April 15, 2016.