Senior Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy
Jennifer Sobeck is a senior research scientist in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington (UW). She pursued studies at the University of Texas at Austin and received BS, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in Physics. Jennifer completed postdoctoral positions at the European Southern Observatory, the University of Chicago, and the Observatoire de le Cote d’Azur, before undertaking research scientist roles at the University of Virginia and currently, the UW.
Jennifer is a participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV (SDSS-IV) and serves as the project manager for one of its cornerstone projects, the Apache Point Galactic Evolution Experiment 2 (APOGEE-2). Additionally, she is a member of the team that built a near-infrared, high-resolution, multi-object spectrograph located at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
Jennifer’s research is centered on the chemical composition of stellar populations and galactic chemical evolution. She is also interested in stellar astrophysics and the use of fundamental physics data to improve the derivation of characteristic stellar parameters. As a member of a large-scale data project, Jennifer develops efficient extraction and utilization techniques that allow for enhanced data exploitation.
She is interested in open and reproducible research practices (her collaboration, SDSS-IV, releases all data to the public at large after a minimal proprietary period). Jennifer participates various in education and outreach activities and she promotes “citizen scientist” efforts and the participation of the general public in science and coding.