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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, OBSERVATIONAL ASTROPHYSICS AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE, Kavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research (multiple openings), to work in the areas of observational astrophysics and computational science related to exoplanets and transient astrophysics under the direction of Dr. George Ricker, the PI of the MIT-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and participate in the discovery team assessing the scientific data from TESS (launched by NASA in April 2018).
TESS is well on its way to discovering thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey of the solar neighborhood is identifying planets ranging from Earth- to Jupiter-sized, orbiting stars with stellar types and temperatures spanning a wide range. Many of these TESS planets are likely to be targets for JWST observations. The full frame images from TESS are providing precise photometry of more than 300 million stars and galaxies during its survey. Its exquisite photometric stability and sensitivity enables detection of a broad range of astrophysical transients, including cataclysmic variables, novae and supernovae, tidal disruption events, and addressing topics in multi-messenger astronomy.
The MKI team includes students, postdocs, and other researchers studying exoplanets, stellar and galactic astronomy, and high energy astrophysics. MKI is a partner in the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes and the incumbent will be encouraged to propose for MKI time on the telescopes.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. in astrophysics, astronomy, or related field of physics or computational science; and experience with standard astronomical data analysis packages, computer languages, and operating systems commonly used in astronomy. PREFERRED: interest in large datasets, including development and application of AI and deep learning methods; and experience in observational or computational astronomy. Job #18342
In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants should submit a single PDF containing CV, publications list, and a brief research statement (no more than four pages), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically to: Ms. Amanda Holley (email@example.com). PDF format is strongly preferred. Questions may be directed to Dr. Ricker (firstname.lastname@example.org), with whom interviews may be requested at the AAS 235th Meeting Career Center in Honolulu during January 3-8, 2020.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the three positions are filled. Initial decisions are expected starting January 15, 2020. The start dates are nominally Summer-Fall 2020.
The appointments are for two or three years, renewable for an additional year depending on performance and funding.
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