The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech invites applications for a research position in the area of extrasolar planet detection and high contrast imaging. The research involves Kepler planetary candidates and the use of near-infrared adaptive optics imaging and optical speckle high resolution imaging to validate the planetary nature of the candidates and the stellar multiplicity of the Kepler candidate sample.
Dr. David Ciardi will serve as postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The successful candidate will lead the adaptive optics and speckle observing program and will work with existing high spatial resolution adaptive optics and speckle imaging data obtained at the Keck, Palomar, Lick, WIYN, and Gemini Observatories. The successful candidate will lead the validation of Kepler planetary candidates with the high resolution imaging, and will be encouraged to pursue their own scientific program related to the Kepler planetary candidates, and stellar multiplicity and variability. The appointee will work within the exoplanet group at the NExScI, and will be guided by the NExScI advisor to ensure that the research work will result in publications in the open literature.
Candidates must have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field; at least two years of post-graduate experience is highly desired. Experience with high spatial resolution imaging observing is also highly desired. Excellent written and verbal skills are essential to this position. The position is offered for 2 years with a possible renewal for a third year.
Interested individuals should send a CV, bibliography, statement of research interests, and a list of three people who may be contacted for letters of reference to Ms. Mary Ellen Barba (email@example.com) by 09 December 2013.
Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.