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Requisition Number 17-0096
Post Date 5/12/2017
Title Intern
City Hilo
State HI
Description Interns - Astronomy Research – Gemini/HST Galaxy Cluster Project
▪ Location: Hilo, Hawaii
▪ Deadline for Application: July 15, 2017
▪ Job Code:

Gemini North - Astronomy Research Interns
Gemini North has two openings for research interns (undergraduate students or recent graduates) to work with Dr. Inger Jorgensen and Dr. Kristin Chiboucas on the Gemini/HST Galaxy Cluster Project in the period for four months, September-December 2017. The students are expected to be available for work full time, though part time work over a longer period will also be considered. The start date is flexible, however will preferably be no later than October 1. Both positions are paid student internships.
One student will work on processing of spectroscopic data of high redshift galaxy clusters, obtained with the multi-object spectrograph GMOS on Gemini. The other student will work on modeling and processing of imaging data of redshift two massive galaxies, obtained with Hubble Space Telescope. The work involves simulations to evaluate reliability of 2-dimensional models of the galaxy images and the derived sizes, shapes and luminosities.
The observational data are part of a large data set obtained by an international group of researchers to study the evolution of galaxies from redshift two to the present. Both students will work closely with Drs. Jorgensen and Chiboucas at Gemini North.

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Dr. Inger Jorgensen,
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, grade sheet for courses completed, and provide names and contact information for two professional references. Using the electronic application procedure for Gemini positions, upload one PDF file containing all required information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Assessment of applications will start July 15, 2017.

Requirements The successful applicants must have good English communication skills, including being able to clearly document performed work. Students with prior experience with UNIX/Linux/MacOS-X, processing of either spectroscopic or imaging data, and handling larger data sets will be given preference. Qualification for the internship working on the simulations requires strong programming skills, preferably in python. Training in the relevant processing techniques will be provided.

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