Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the general area of X-ray astrophysics at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI). Will be expected to participate in specific ongoing projects involving spatial/spectral analysis of complex fields observed with the HETGS, and in the development and application of new interfaces to atomic data in non-equilibrium plasmas. A significant fraction of time will also be available to carry out self-motivated and collaborative research in an environment that includes Chandra HETG and ACIS research scientists under the unifying topic of high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy as applied to astrophysical observations in one or more areas of hot and cool stars, supernova remnants, X-ray binaries, AGN and jets, clusters of galaxies, the ISM, and WHIM. The candidate also may have the opportunity to lead in the selection, analysis, and scientific interpretation of one or more of our HETG guaranteed time observations.
Position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics, with demonstrated initiative and experience working in modern astrophysics research, preferably in high-resolution spectroscopy, theory and modeling, and data analysis. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate significant ability to develop and apply computer programs to new and innovative methods, using both compiled languages (such as C or C++) and scripting languages.
Qualified applicants should send their CV, publications list, statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the address above (pdf or paper). Review of applications will begin mid-November and continue until the position is filled. The start date is nominally February, 2014.
The appointment is for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance and funding.
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