Post Doctoral Research Associate – Hilo, HI

Post Doctoral Research Associate


Hilo, HI


Publish Date: 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Archive Date: 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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Job Category: 

Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships

Institution Classification/Type: 









United States of America

Job Announcement Text: 

NOIRLab invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in time-domain astronomy. The postdoc will work with Dr. Monika Soraisam and collaborators (Prof. Puragra Guhathakurta, Drs. Ben Williams, Knut Olsen, Cliff Johnson, and Leo Girardi). They will execute an ambitious archival research project studying stellar variables in Andromeda using HST data, leveraging the latter's capabilities to probe faint and crowded sources beyond the reach of ground-based surveys. In particular, they will develop a difference imaging pipeline to systematically mine the HST data, use machine learning tools for classification of the detected variable sources, and perform scientific analyses. 

The position is available immediately (although a later start date may be negotiated). The initial appointment is for 2 years, with the possibility of extension for an additional year subject to funding availability.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • PhD in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, or a related field by the start date
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Reduction of ground-based/space-based data, in particular, HST data
    • Difference imaging techniques
    • Machine learning (classical or deep learning)
    • Studies of variable stars
    • Theoretical modeling of pulsating stars
  • Ability to learn new skills and work independently
  • Being self-motivated, highly organized, and dependable

Compensation and Benefits:

AURA offers an excellent benefits package including paid time off and retirement plan contributions, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

Details on benefits can be found at

To Apply:

Please submit (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position; (2)  a curriculum vitae with a bibliography; and (3) a two-page statement of research interests, as PDF files named with the following format: Lastname_Docname.pdf (where Docname is CoverLetter, CV or Resume, or Statement). Please also append a list of 3 professional references, with contact information, to your Cover Letter.  References will be contacted at a later stage in the recruitment.  

Applications must be submitted online at the URL given below.  For full consideration, applications should be received by April 7, 2023.

Please contact Monika Soraisam ([email protected]) for questions about this position and the application process. 

Application Deadline: 

Friday, April 7, 2023

Current Status of Position: 

Accepting Applicants

Attention To: 

AURA Human Resources


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