Postdoctoral position at UCM (deadline November 1 2013)

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in Spain welcomes applications for two post-doctoral positions at the Department of Astrophysics to work on the study of the formation and evolution of galaxies at different redshifts using data from multi-wavelength cosmological surveys. Candidates must hold a PhD in Astronomy or Physics, and experience in multiwavelength data reduction and analysis. The position is for one year starting in early 2014, with a very likely extension to one more year. The salary will be 2150-2350€ (depending on experience) per month before taxes (12 monthly payments per year).

The research will focus on the analysis of the data taken within the SHARDS project (Survey for High-z Absorption Read and Dead Sources). SHARDS is an ESO/GTC Large Program approved in 2009A and carried out during 20 nights in 2010-2013. It consists in imaging observations of the entire GOODS-North region in 24 medium-band different filters with the GTC/OSIRIS instrument, covering the wavelength range between 500 and 950 nm with contiguous passbands. The postdoc will participate in the source cataloging, merging with other datasets, production of advanced data products, and scientific analysis of the data.

SHARDS is being funded through the 2013-2015 period by the PNAyA Program managed by the Spanish Government through the project with code AYA2012-31277. The funding for these two positions starting in early 2014 has been approved by the Spanish Government to be delivered in a yearly basis, so continued funding to extend the positions up to two years (until the end of 2015) should be secure (subject to performance evaluation).

The main scientific goal of SHARDS is carrying out an unbiased spectro-photometric survey of passively evolving galaxies at 1.0<z<2.5 and measuring stellar population ages through the direct measurement absorption indices. It will also be useful for other observational studies of galaxy formation and evolution including, e.g., detailed analysis of stellar population and AGN activity of intermediate and high-redshift galaxies.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to work in her/his own research for 15% of the time, and collaborate with the researchers within the UCM Group of Extragalactic Astrophysics and Instrumentation. The postdoc will have access through Spanish time to facilities such as the GTC, ING and CAHA telescopes, and also to ESO observatories.

Applicants should submit electronically to Pablo G. Pérez-González (; Subject: SHARDS postdoc) a CV, including a list of publications, a cover letter with her/his research interests (2 pages top), and 2 letters of recommendation. All applications received before November 1, 2013 will receive full consideration.

In addition, they must send by regular mail an official application form published by the UCM on its research webpage. This document must be sent within 5 business days after the official announcement of the position to be released on November 14 and published on the UCM site mentioned above (please, pay attention to the specific rules detailed in this webpage).

Submit inquiries to Pablo G. Pérez-González.

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