Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research position at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) to work with Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan on infrared observations and modeling of water and other volatile molecules in protoplanetary disks. We are particularly interested in making direct links between the chemical properties of disks, the solar system and exoplanetary systems. The successful applicant will be part of a collaboration including investigators from STScI, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona, and will have access to an extensive spectroscopic database of protoplanetary disks using VLT-CRIRES, Keck-NIRSPEC, Spitzer and Herschel. The team is currently beginning observations using the new VISIR 2.0 mid-infrared spectrometer on the VLT, as part of an approved ESO large program (24 nights). The postdoc will have considerable freedom in choosing research projects within this general framework. There is an active astrobiology community at STScI and the Johns Hopkins University, with plenty of opportunities to interact with researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including biology and planetary science.
The expected start date for the position will be Summer 2013. Initial appointments are for one year, with expected renewal up to 3 years (subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding). STScI, located on Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, offers an excellent benefit package, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan (email@example.com).
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: (a) infrared and/or submillimeter spectroscopy of molecules (b) radiative transfer modeling of dust and gas and (c) galactic star and planet formation.
Applicants are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at http://www.stsci.edu/institute/employment and attach the following materials in the resume upload section (pdf format preferred): curriculum vitae; list of publications; and a brief (1-3 page) statement of research accomplishments and relevant technical experience. Please include #12-0164 in the file name(s). Also, applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference, referring to number #12-0164, to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete applications received by January 14, 2013, will receive full consideration.
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