Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00539
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department Astronomy Department-1003
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Grant Funded Full-Time
Position Details

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in exoplanets and/or the local interstellar medium in the Astronomy Department at Wesleyan University.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Seth Redfield primarily on UV/optical/infrared spectra of transiting exoplanets and/or the interstellar medium.

Projects can include characterizing the atmospheres and circumplanetary environments of exoplanets, and/or measuring and modeling the fundamental properties of the interstellar medium amongst the nearest stars. The data sources are rich, high-resolution spectra from a variety of ground-based and space-based facilities, spanning the UV, optical, and infrared.

The precise research direction will be determined in collaboration with the successful applicant, taking their skill set into consideration, as well as their long-term career goals.

Wesleyan has a Planetary Science Group that includes faculty and postdocs from several departments.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to interact with other faculty and to carry out independent research with full access to observational facilities available to Wesleyan.

Wesleyan University is located between New York City and Boston, and has a small but active astronomy program which emphasizes involvement of undergraduate and M.A. students in research.

We are particularly interested in candidates who feel that they could both contribute to and flourish in this unique educational environment.

The postdoc would have the opportunity, if desired, to take advantage of this setting to develop educational skills through mentoring students in research and possibly teaching.

This is a grant-funded position and funding has been approved for 1 year with the possibility of 2 additional years contingent upon mutual agreement and continued funding.

The starting date is Summer/Fall 2018; some flexibility can be accommodated.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with data reduction and analysis, high resolution spectroscopy, multi-object spectroscopy and observational studies of exoplanets and/or the ISM

Management Competencies Not Applicable
Competencies Respects diversity, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should apply through as well as send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research experience and interests to Seth Redfield at, and arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted to the same address by 15 December 2017.

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Supplemental Questions

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Resume