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Rochester Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Research Associate in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate


COS School of Physics and Astronomy

Detailed Job Description:

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in galaxy evolution. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Jeyhan Kartaltepe, her research group, and collaborators to develop an interactive public archive for spectroscopic observations and associated data products in the COSMOS field. Duties include reducing and analyzing archival spectroscopy, preparing datasets for public release, working to automate the process of redshift, line flux, and other spectroscopic measurements, and collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students, plus the larger COSMOS collaboration, on scientific publications and observing proposals. Opportunities to work on several large Cycle 1 JWST programs, including COSMOS-Web ( ), CEERS ( ), WDEEP, and PRIMER will also be available.

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College of Science

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Letters of Recommendation, List of Publications, Research Statement

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Additional Details:

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources.RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities.RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

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How To Apply:

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: . Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

Please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, and a statement of current and future research interests.

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to . All applications received by December 18, 2021 will receive full consideration; however, applications will continue to be received until the position is filled.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a PhD in astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field, at the start of the appointment. The successful candidate is expected to have a background in observational extragalactic astrophysics and galaxy evolution with experience in reducing and analyzing spectroscopic observations. Interest in student mentoring, citizen science, astronomical databases, and web development is a plus.

The appointment is for a period of three years contingent on performance and includes limited funding for travel. The anticipated start date is Summer/Fall 2022.

About RIT:

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package ( that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).