Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in planet formation at Wesleyan University. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Meredith Hughes primarily on observations and modeling of molecular gas emission from protoplanetary disks, with a focus on characterizing turbulence. Other mutual areas of interest may include observations and modeling of debris disks.
The candidate should hold a PhD in astronomy or astrophysics by the start of the position. A background in star or planet formation is preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience with at least one of the following: (1) millimeter-wavelength observations, (2) radiative transfer modeling, (3) MHD simulations of circumstellar disks, (4) parallelized computing.
Wesleyan University is located between New York City and Boston, and has a small but active astronomy program that emphasizes involvement of undergraduate and M.A. students in mainstream astronomical 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 develop educational skills through mentoring students in research and possibly teaching. Wesleyan has a planetary science group that includes faculty from several departments. The initial appointment is for two years starting in Fall 2013. Health and retirement benefits and allowances for travel and computing are provided. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, bibliography, statement of research experience and interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the above address by 15 February 2013.
Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer M/W/D/V and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.