HR: Employment Opportunities
 Job posting 17-76
Opening date: October 16, 2017
Closing date: January 17, 2018

TITLE:Astronomer (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), IS-1330, Grade 11, $66,317 to $86,208 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund Temporary Not To Exceed Three years
DIVISION: - SSP Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Science
LOCATION: Cambridge, MA
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States.

*First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

This is the position of Astronomer (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division. The purpose of this position is to work on observational and modeling research related to the detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres.


*Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of the detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.

*Formulate and conduct original programs of independent astronomical research, with an emphasis on understanding exoplanetary atmospheres.

*Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research by ,for example, preparing papers for publication in scientific journals, and preparing and presenting findings at scientific meetings, as required.

*Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding.

*Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.

*Perform other scientific duties identified by the Supervisor such as:

-Contribute to the ongoing"HST Panchromatic Comparative Exoplanetary Treasure (PanCET) Program"by (a) leading the analysis of datasets,(b)refining data reduction and analysis pipelines, and(c) implementing software to fit the observations to planetary atmospheres models.

-Contribute to the ongoing"Arizona-CfA-Catolica Exoplanet Spectroscopy Survey (ACCESS)" by (a) undertaking observations using the IMACS instrument on the Magellan Baade Telescope and the new Binospec instrument on the MMT,(b) leading the analysis of datasets, (c)refining that data analysis pipeline used to reduce the data, and (d) implementing software to fit the observations to planetary atmospheres models


Basic Requirements:

A.Degree: in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy and/or physics. OR

B.Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of courses equivalent to a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics, with required course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

A.) Master's or equivalent graduate degree;


B.) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 that should demonstrate the ability to work with spectroscopic data and extract information from planetary systems based on transit fits.


C.)A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience equivalent to the above.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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