Opening for a KASI Postdoc Position


      The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) is a government-funded research institute located in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. We conduct front-line research in various fields of astronomy, astrophysics and space science, develop astronomical instruments and operate facilities in Korea and overseas. We are currently looking for creative and outstanding postdoctoral scientists. The candidate will have full access to all the resources and facilities of KASI. KASI’s resources and facilities include the Gemini and the MMT through K-GMT Science Program (~15 nights per semester), 1.8-m Bohyunsan optical telescope, 1.0-m Mt. Lemmon optical telescope, IGRINS, KVN, KaVA, TRAO 14-m telescope, ALMA through East Asia Region, and the JCMT through East Asia Observatory.

※ Only applicants within 5 years of doctoral degree are eligible.

 Required Documents 

 - Research achievement and plan

 - 5-year Publication and project list

 - More than two letters of recommendation 

 * Send directly from the recommenders to The Applications should be ted by 2016-12-16 (17:00 KST) online. A photo of the diploma should be presented when the candidate joins the KASI.

      The successful candidate will be provided with the remuneration (ing from around 32,400,000 KRW(about 29,000 USD) per annum excluding severance pay) depending on qualification, research budget and financial supplement for health insurance and national pension, one-way airfare to join the KASI (economy class), and a dormitory room for single/shared occupancy if needed.(dorm fees : 150,000/90,000 KRW) The period will be two (2) years with one year extension upon successful performance. The KASI is committed to increasing its diversity and welcomes applications from women, minorities and people with disabilities.


Infrared Astronomy with IGRINS


      K-GMT Science Group at KASI invites the application for one postdoctoral researcher to operate and to do research using IGRINS (Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrometer).
IGRINS is an instrument jointly developed and built by KASI and the University of Texas at Austin, that delivers continuous spectral coverage from 1.4 to 2.5 μm at a resolving power of 45,000. IGRINS is currently being operated at McDonald Observatory in Texas and Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) in Arizona, US. The successful candidate will be mostly based at the University of Texas, Austin and will visit the observatory where IGRINS is installed to attend the observing runs whenever Korean observing programs are scheduled (no more than once per month but subject to change). S/he will enjoy ample opportunities to actively collaborate with researchers at UT Austin as well as at KASI through the interactions with many IGRINS users with diverse backgrounds. The candidate is expected to spend about 40% of his/her time for IGRINS observation-related duty, and about 60% to his/her own research. Any experience in high-resolution spectros is preferred but not necessarily required. The candidate should be able to fluently communicate in written and verbal English/Korean and to drive with a valid driver’s license in US.

      K-GMT Science Group is in charge of science promotion and development for K-GMT Project at KASI, and is composed of six staff scientists and two postdoctoral researchers who value diversity and creativity with passion for science. For more information on K-GMT Science Group, please refer to our group web page:

      The position is for minimum two years and can be extended to the third year depending upon successful performance and available fund. Apart from the regular remuneration, additional financial support (about 30M KRW per year, subject to KASI rules) is provided to cover the relocation and partial living cost in US. The ing date is negotiable but March 1st. 2017 is desired.

※ Enquiries can be addressed to : Hwang, Narae