NSF's NOIR Lab

Questions about joining NOIRLab as an LSSTC postdoctoral fellow should be addressed to Knut Olsen (Knut.olsen@noirlad.edu) or Joan Najita (joan.najita@noirlab.edu).   

The National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab; https://noirlab.edu) is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. Through its five programs — Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), the Community Science and Data Center (CSDC), Gemini ObservatoryKitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and Rubin Observatory Operations — NOIRLab serves as a focal point for community development of innovative scientific programs, the exchange of ideas, and creative development, and is charged with ensuring the scientific success of Rubin's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).  The NOIRLab staff are involved in a number of the Rubin science collaborations, are working to complement LSST data through services such as Astro Data Lab, have developed the ANTARES event broker to recognize interesting events from transient alert streams, and have played a leading role in the development of the Astronomical Event Observatory Network (AEON) for smooth access to follow-up observations with Gemini and SOAR. NOIRLab’s telescopes also serve as platforms for several other major surveys, including those being conducted with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).
 
The research interests of the NOIRLab scientific staff are wide-ranging, covering topics ranging from cosmology, the formation and evolution of galaxies, supermassive black holes and active nuclei, stellar populations in galaxies, the detailed properties of Local Group galaxies, star formation, stellar astrophysics, exoplanets, and solar system objects.  NOIRLab-Tucson headquarters is situated on the University of Arizona campus and enjoys  close interactions with the UofA Department of Astronomy and the UofA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.  The NOIRLab site in La Serena, Chile encompasses CTIO, SOAR, Gemini South, and Rubin Observatory support.  The NOIRLab site in Hilo, Hawaii serves Gemini North, and enjoys proximity to several other centers of Mauna Kea Observatory operations.
 
LSSTC fellows can be hosted at any of the three NOIRLab facilities (Tucson, La Serena, Hilo), as desired by the fellow, with the rank of an independent postdoctoral researcher on the NOIRLab scientific staff.  Common computer resources and page charges would be provided.
Information about NOIRLab in general is available at https://noirlab.edu/science/ .  Information about research and technical interests of the NOIRLab scientific staff is at: https://noirlab.edu/science/about/scientists-at-noirlab .
 
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