Postdoc in Observational Cosmology

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The Cosmic Dawn Center (DAWN) at DTU Space and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen invites applications of motivated and outstanding researchers for a postdoctoral position in observational cosmology. The applicant will be employed at DTU Space as part of the Division of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics and is expected to work with the High - z Universe Working Group (MIRI Hiz WG) of the JWST/MIRI Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) team (http://www.stsci.edu/jwst/observing-programs/approved-gto-programs). The following members of the MIRI Hiz WG are also members of DAWN: Fabian Walter, MPIA, Heidelberg, Karina Caputi, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, Luis Colina, CSIC, Madrid, Hans Ulrik Nørgaard–Nielsen, DTU Space.


The appointment will be for a period of 3 years, capitalising on the involvement of DTU Space in James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which provided hardware for the mission and leads the High-z Universe component of the MIRI GTO program. These guaranteed observations include the MIRI Deep Imaging Survey and spectroscopy of selected high redshift galaxies within the Epoch of Reionization. In parallel to the MIRI Deep Imaging Survey, deep NIRCam imaging together with NIRISS slitless spectroscopy will be performed.


Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Provide substantial support to the preparation of the reduction and the scientific analysis of the data from the MIRI Deep Imaging Survey
  • Formulate and execute scientific research aligned to MIRI High-z GTO program
  • Participate in both national and international activities associated with the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence
The DAWN Collaboration
  • Cosmic Dawn (http://dawn.nbi.ku.dk) is a new international basic research center supported by the Danish National Research Foundation dedicated to uncovering how and when the first galaxies, stars and black holes formed. Dawn is located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and at the National Space Institute of the Danish Technical University (DTU Space), and collaborates closely with associate institutions in North America, Europe and Australia. The center has active and diverse visitor and workshop programs.

  • DTU Space has contributed to the development of the James Webb Space Telescope since 2003, primarily in the development of the Mid InfraRed Instrument MIRI and in the preparation of the MIRI Hiz GTO program. DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astrophysics. DTU Space is part of the Technical University of Denmark.
Qualifications
  • Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).
  • The applicant must demonstrate a solid background in observational cosmology.
  • The applicant must demonstrate experience in reducing and analyzing near/mid infrared imaging observations.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Hans Ulrik Nørgaard–Nielsen (phone: +45 4525 9728).

You can read more about DTU Space on www.space.dtu.dk/english

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 1 November 2019.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Space has about 165 employees, an annual turn-over of about 150 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. As the National Space Institute, DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space-& Astro-physics.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.