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Postdoctoral Scholar in Star Formation and Early Stellar Evolution
About the Position:
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of star formation and early stellar evolution.  The successful candidate will collaborate with Professor Kevin Covey on studies of the star formation histories of nearby (d<1 kpc) young clusters, and the properties and angular momentum evolution of low-mass stars.  Projects will be informed by observational constraints derived from SDSS/APOGEE high-resolution (R~20,000) near-infrared spectra and/or Kepler/K2 high-precision optical light curves; candidates with experience working on similar data, or in areas of theory informed by such data, are particularly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will also be encouraged to develop and pursue independent research projects, and will receive mentoring, career development and networking opportunities such as: presenting work at major national and international conferences; interacting with faculty, students and researchers at WWU and other institutions in the greater Northwest (i.e., the University of Washington; University of British Columbia; University of Victoria; DAO/Herzberg Institute, etc.); co-advising undergraduate researchers; organizing seminars and participating in outreach programs at WWU and beyond.  A start date of mid-2017 is preferred, but can be adjusted to accommodate the successful candidate.

About the College/Department: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western Washington University is among the top 20 undergraduate physics programs in the nation, graduating 15-20 majors per year, who continue on to post-graduate studies and exciting careers in technical fields.  Astrophysics is one of the department's primary areas of emphasis, as well as condensed matter and physics education research.  The Department supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.  For more information, see http://www.wwu.edu/depts/physics.
Western Washington University is a comprehensive state university, with almost 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities.  Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master's granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Lead the analysis, interpretation, and publication of results informed by photometric and spectroscopic observations, either existing or planned, at optional or near-infrared wavelengths
  • When appropriate, plan, conduct, reduce and analyze new observations from ground- and space-based observatories
  • Disseminate results to the community by presenting posters and oral presentations at conferences, seminars and colloquia
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field submitted by the start date of the appointment
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed academic publishing on research related to star formation and stellar astrophysics
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing high-resolution (R~>20,000) near-infrared stellar spectra
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing high-precision space-based optical (i.e., CoRoT or Kepler) light curves
  • Experience coding astronomical data processing routines in IDL and/or Python
  • Demonstrated experience engaging undergraduate students in astrophysical research
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applicants must apply online via Western's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at www.wwu.edu/jobs

A brief (two pages or less) cover letter, CV and publication list are required; the cover letter should address the required and preferred qualifications, as well as other aspects of the candidate's interests, background, and career ambitions that are well matched to a research position at a primarily undergraduate institution. 

Please also provide names and contact information for three professional references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.
Other Information: Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Kevin Covey for further information (email: Kevin.Covey@wwu.edu, telephone: 360-650-3837) and/or arrange a time to discuss the position during the upcoming Winter AAS meeting.
Job Posted: 8/30/2016
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins December 1, 2016; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 160362
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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