Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. The primary responsibilities of the position are to lead research projects in the area of exoplanet science. Researchers working in the areas of observation, theory, or instrumentation are invited to apply.
The successful applicant will work as a member of a group led by Professor Jacob Bean that is focused on observational studies of exoplanets. Current research topics include exoplanet atmospheric studies, determination of planet host star chemical abundances, and searches for new planets. Instrument development to enable new investigations is also a major part of the group's work. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to join existing projects and will also be encouraged to develop and pursue their own research agenda within the broad theme of the group. University of Chicago scientists have institutional access to the the twin 6.5m Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, the 3.5m Apache Point Telescope, and the CARMA millimeter interferometer.
The starting date for the position is negotiable. Appointments are for one year, with renewals for a second and third year possible, contingent upon satisfactory progress and availability of funding. The salary is competitive, and health benefits are provided.
Each applicant should submit via e-mail, as a single PDF file, a research statement that describes the applicant's relevant qualifications and proposed work plan (maximum length of 3 pages), a current CV, and a list of publications. Applicants should also request for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the writers by the deadline. Applications received by December 1, 2013 will receive full consideration.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.