Part Time Temporary Astrophysics Summer Research Assistant

Updated: 27 days ago
Location: Dahlonega, GEORGIA
Job Type: PartTime

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The University of North Georgia Department of Physics and Astronomy is hiring a Part Time Temporary Astrophysics Summer Research Assistant to participate in stellar astrophysics research from 07 July 2024 - 07 Aug 2024. Research will be focused on stellar rotation and angular momentum evolution of low-mass stars. The student is expected to work with Dr. Gregory Feiden on optimizing a simplified computational model of stellar angular momentum evolution to match the rotation periods of stars observed in open and globular clusters. The goal is to explore how the temporal growth and decay of stellar convection zones is related to a period of observed stalling in stellar spin-down.

  • Attend lectures on stellar structure and angular momentum evolution.
  • Read professional journal articles.
  • Write code in Python.
  • Analyze results from model simulations.
  • Attend career development seminars.
  • Keep detailed laboratory notes.
  • Write up project results.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Candidates should have prior knowledge of stellar astronomy (structure and evolution, clusters, Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams), have some understanding of rotational motion (i.e., physics), and some coding experience coding (preferably in Python).
  • Introductory astronomy course work and experience coding in Python are preferred. 
  • Prior experience reading professional journal articles is advantageous.
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references. 

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  • This role is considered a position of trust.

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