The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship research opportunity in Exoplanet Characterization: Spitzer Observations of Microlensing Events.
The research will involve working on Spitzer/IRAC data from a Cycle 10 proposal (A. Gould, PI) to observe high-magnification events discovered toward the galactic bulge using ground-based surveys. Spitzer’s location in an Earth-trailing orbit (>1 AU from Earth) breaks numerous degeneracies in the microlensing modeling, such that masses of the lensing and source objects can be obtained, including the masses of any planets accompanying the lens star. The project would also use public Spitzer data, e.g. from the Carnegie RR Lyrae survey, to characterize potential fields for the microlensing survey that would be carried out by the WFIRST/AFTA mission presently under study by NASA. Dr. Charles A. Beichman, Executive Director of the NASA ExoPlanet Science Institute will serve as the NPP postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee would work closely with the PI of the Spitzer program, Professor Andy Gould (Ohio State University), as well as with JPL/IPAC scientists working on the WFIRST/AFTA project. These efforts would result in publications in the open literature.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Physics or related studies. The successful applicant should have demonstrated skills with crowded field photometry with Spitzer or other facilities as well as familiarity with microlensing modeling. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible.
Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references (with telephone numbers, postal and email address) by Friday, February 14th.
No benefits information has been provided by the employer.