A team of researchers from the Origins of Life Initiative and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is engaged in the search and characterization of exoplanets with the new HARPS-North spectrometer on the TNG Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands. HARPS-North is an international collaboration, within which our group plays a critical role in achieving precision spectroscopy and its scientific utilization. One aspect of our effort is the development and integration of a femtosecond laser astro-comb as the calibration platform for HARPS-North. Another aspect is continuing support and improvement of the data reduction pipeline.
We invite applicants to work on developing and improving the complementary data reduction pipeline and participate in the scientific work of determining the physical parameters of the exoplanets and their hosts stars (and the stellar classification and analysis of the samples). The successful applicant will possess the tools to develop this data reduction code, as well as thorough knowledge of current exoplanet characterization methods.
The ideal applicant would have completed a Ph.D. in astronomy or a related area and demonstrated aptitude for related research. This is a full-time benefited position. The initial appointment will be for one year, starting in late summer of 2013, with opportunity for renewal for up to one additional year, contingent upon performance and funding. We offer a competitive compensation and allowance package.
Interested applicants should send a letter summarizing their qualifications for this position, including a CV, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to arrive by April 15, 2013. Application materials should be sent via email to:
Harvard University Origins of Life Initiative
Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.
Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.