The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with Prof. Adam Kraus and his group on areas related to star formation, extrasolar planets, characterization of exoplanet host stars, the astrophysics of low-mass stars, and related fields. Applicants with interest and expertise in any of these fields are encouraged to apply, particularly those with observational experience using techniques such as high-resolution imaging, interferometry, precision astrometry, and high-resolution optical or NIR spectroscopy.
Ongoing programs within the group include: 1) a Spitzer Exploration Science Program using proper motions to conduct a complete census of the star-forming regions within the solar neighborhood, 2) a NASA/Keck Kepler Key Science program studying the influence of stellar multiplicity on exoplanetary systems, 3) several parallel programs pursuing direct imaging (from ground and space) of newly-forming gas giant planets, and 4) calibration of stellar evolutionary models using visual or eclipsing binary systems. The successful applicant will participate in one or more of these programs, including leading roles in publication of results and pursuit of followup observations. The applicant will be provided with at least 1/3 of their time to work on independent research programs of mutual interest.
UT Austin has a large astronomy department, with expertise in areas from star formation and exoplanets to theoretical cosmology, and the applicant will be encouraged to play a role in our departmental community. The successful applicant will have access to McDonald Observatory facilities, including the 10m HET and 2.7m Harlan J. Smith telescopes; the observatory will see several new instruments commissioned over the term of the position. Austin is a vibrant city with an active music and cultural scene, and excellent weather allowing year-round outdoor activities.
The position is available immediately, but the start date is flexible and can be any time in 2014. By the starting date, the applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a closely related field. The appointment is for a period of up to three years, based on satisfactory performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applicants should submit a CV, a list of publications, a statement of current and future research interests, and a list of three people familiar with the applicant's research who can be contacted for letters of reference. The deadline for submitting completed applications is January 15, 2014; applications received before January 5 might lead to interviews at the AAS. Applications will be accepted in electronic form only, as a single PDF sent to: email@example.com. Candidates will be contacted for interviews to take place either over the phone; or in person at the AAS. Questions regarding this position should be addressed to Adam Kraus at firstname.lastname@example.org.