Post-Doctoral Associate in Galactic Star Formation (ALMA/JWST)

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Department:16060000 - LS-ASTRONOMY

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Job Description:

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida invites applications for a postdoctoral associate to conduct research with Prof. Adam Ginsburg on topics related to high-mass star formation, the stellar initial mass function, and the Galactic Center. The successful applicant will be expected to work with ALMA observations of star forming regions in the Galactic disk. They will be involved in projects comparing JWST to ALMA data in the Galactic center, searches for salt molecule emission in protostellar disks, and/or studies of the formation of the initial mass function. The candidate should have experience processing ALMA data. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2023, with some flexibility.

The position is renewable annually for up to three years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. A Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or a related field is required prior to the start date.

The successful candidate will have access to the newly built HiPerGator research computing cluster and will be able to apply for time on the 10.4m GTC. The University of Florida has active research groups in galaxy formation and evolution, ISM physics, star formation, stellar astronomy, extrasolar planets, theoretical astrophysics and instrumentation, with vibrant groups both in the Department of Astronomy and Department of Physics. In addition, they will have access to collaborative opportunities campus-wide via the newly established Informatics Institute at the University of Florida, and artificial intelligence initiative (

The Department of Astronomy particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.
Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics or a related field is required prior to the start date.
Preferred Qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Experience with ALMA, VLA, and/or JWST data reduction
  • Experience with spectral line modeling tools
  • A proven track record of publishing results
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at for job 522968) and must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a research proposal summarizing the applicant's ongoing research directions and interests and long-term goals, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) publication list. In addition, names and email addresses for three or more professional references must be provided on the application. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested for selected applicants requesting them to upload their letters.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by December 31, 2022. For more information, please email Adam Ginsburg (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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