The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is recruiting for an Astronomer to work on the confirmation and characterization of extrasolar planets, with a special emphasis on spectroscopic follow-up observations with the HARPS-N facility. The HARPS-N Collaboration has two primary scientific projects that have been guaranteed 80 nights per year for five years on the 3.6-m Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) operated for INAF on La Palma: a project to follow-up some of the most interesting Kepler planet candidates, with goals such as the determination of masses for rocky planets in the Habitable Zone; and a project to reach the best possible velocity precision for a small, carefully selected sample of quiet solar-type stars. First light with HARPS-N on the TNG is scheduled for April 2012. We are looking for someone with accomplishments in exoplanet science in general, and experience with the application of stellar spectroscopy to exoplanet research in particular, especially in the realm of very precise radial-velocity measurements. This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in the CfA participation in the HARPS-N Collaboration. This is a four year term, benefits bearing position, working under the direction of Dr. David Latham. The salary range is $89K to $116K, depending upon experience. For additional information, and application instructions, please see our website http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/postings/ Vacancy Announcement #12-08.
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