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Job Summary

The College of LSA and the Department of Astronomy is looking to hire a qualified candidate for the temporary position of Research Associate. The origin and means of dust growth in the interstellar medium (ISM) is highly uncertain. X-ray dust scattering halos are packed with information that arises from the 3D distribution of dust, composition, and grain size. The primary research goal is to finalize a dust scattering halo extraction technique for Chandra X-ray Observatory archival images. The researcher will then apply the data analysis pipeline to a wide range of objects. They will examine the broad-band spectral energy distribution to measure the upper limit to the grain size distribution for the ISM along different Galactic sight lines.


  • Develop a data analysis pipeline for Chandra imaging and PSF modeling using a combination of bash scripting, CIAO, and Python tools
  • Examine systematic differences for scattering halos extracted from the three Chandra imaging modes: HRC, ACIS, and TE-mode HETG
  • Apply the data analysis pipeline
  • Writing a scientific journal article on the above topics

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in Astronomy or relevant STEM field
  • Familiarity with Linux or Unix based shell scripting
  • Familiarity with Python
  • Strong file organization and documentation skills

Additional Information

Job Start Date: As soon as possible, but no later than January 1, 2019.
Rate of Pay: $12 per hour
Estimated # of hours: 40 hours per week

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