Our research group has been studying the spectral energy distributions and mass loss histories of numerous evolved stars for several years with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). In a second program we have been obtaining spectra of the supernova impostor star eta Car with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) for more than 25 years. The current analysis is an extension of that long term program with the Hubble. This position will consist of spectral and photometric measurements and analysis of data in two separate research programs; infrared measurements of evolved stars with SOFIA and the spectral evolution of the very massive star eta Car with spectra from HST.
Job Duties: 75% Data Analysis - Measurement of multi-wavelength fluxes of stars from the SOFIA/FORCAST instrument, preparation of spectral energy distributions, search for extended emission, and mass loss measurements for several stars. Identification of emission and absorption lines in spectra from HST, line strength measurements, and analyze and interpret the data with error analysis
25% Communication -- Meetings with the PIs, and email communications with post-doctoral collaborators. A written report on the results and participation in preparation of papers for publication, and attendance and presentation of results at one or more professional meetings.
Qualifications Required: BA/BS in astronomy, astrophysics or physics. Experience with data analysis techniques and use of standard tools in Microsoft office such as Excel and other astronomy tools such as ds9 for image display and analysis.
Preferred: Familiar with standard astrophysics analysis techniques such as spectral energy distributions, stellar emission and absorption line spectra and atomic line identification.
Internal Number: 332156
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