I am a Colombian astronomer investigating Galaxies and Quasars in the Epoch of Reionization. I am currently doing my fourth year as a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School in Heidelberg, Germany (IMPRS-HD) program.
I am looking for postdoc jobs this Fall 22. You can contact me HERE.
It has been one year since JWST successfully launched on December 25th, 2022. I am still waiting for my data to come, and so far I am amazed by all the beautiful and revolutionary science done in the last 6 months by friends and colleagues! Find out more details about the first images observed with JWST and the science behind them as I describe it in this Podcast.
Read more about the research I will do with JWST Go!
En Español: Mira este video donde charlamos un poco sobre el JWST, su importancia, instrumentos y las siguientes décadas de exploración espacial. Ver Video.
Chicos de @RECAstronomia— Sofía Rojas (@sofiastrojas) January 4, 2023
El @stsci está aceptando aplicaciones para el Summer Internship 2023! Es una excelente oportunidad para hacer investigación en astronomía y aprender del @NASAHubble, @NASAWebb, @NASARoman y más. Fecha límite es Enero 31:https://t.co/YMXuGOjYRh
My journey through astronomy started when I was a little girl watching Cosmos and
stargazing with my telescope. Becoming an astronomer like Carl Sagan seemed surreal
because I could not have achieved this dream in Colombia.
When I turned 16, I left my home and went to
the U.S. to prepare my university applications and finally be able to study
Astronomy. A year later, I was accepted at
The University of Texas at Austin
where I obtained a B.S. in Astronomy and
a B.S. in Phyisics.
I am currently a Ph.D. student
at The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg
(MPIA) working on very exciting research.
So, now I am finally an astronomer and I love it! It has been a long, hard journey but in the way I have had a lot of support. How have I been developing my astronomy career and what are my other hobbies now? Let's see, it all started with...
I have lead different projects and telescope proposals focused on studying galaxies and quasars in the high-redshift universe (z ≳ 6), or when the Universe was less than a Billion years old.
I have worked with different space-based and ground-based telescopes covering the optical/near-IR and radio wavelengths. Here is a quick look of the JWST Cy1 Proposal that I Co-PI with Dr. Micaela Bagley to confirm and study the ionization potential of a set of z ~ 9 galaxies.
|PhD(c) International Max Planck Research School - Heidelberg||2019-present|
|B.S. Astronomy and B.S. Physics
The University of Texas at Austin
|2015 - 2019|
I absolutley love telescopes and observing!
I have been very lucky to go on many observing trips and learn to use a great variety of instruments. From space-based to optical/IR ground-based to radio telescopes, I enjoy observing with them all. As an observational astronomer I usually write a research proposal, get it accepted (rejections are ok too), go to the telescope to take the data and learn to be sleep deprived for the first few nights (although many times a telescope operator does the observations for me), and finally do the science! This process is one of the main motivators I have to do astronomy.
One of my passions is bringing awareness about Astronomy to the Colombian community, as well as showcasing the work Colombian astronomers do. I am part of the committee of the "Red de Estudiantes Colombianos de Astronomía - RECA" (Network of Colombian Astronomy Students). We build a lot of programs for Colombian students in schools and universities wanting to study and do research in Astronomy.
I have compiled a couple of resources from myself and RECA. Hopefully some of these tools and advice are useful, but remember a lot of it is based on my personal experience. Always happy to chat!