IPAC/Caltech has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on the Reactivated NEOWISE (NEOWISE-R) project. WISE is a NASA Mid-sized Explorer mission that surveyed the sky in the 3.4, 4.6, 2 and 22 micron mid-infrared bands in 2010. After completing its primary mission to produce a sensitive all-sky Image Atlas and Source Catalog, and obtain thermal infrared measurements of over 150,000 solar system objects, WISE was placed into hibernation in February 2011. Reactivated as NEOWISE-R at the end of 2013, the spacecraft has begun a new three year survey using its two short wavelength bands to continue to measure, characterize, and discover NEOs and other solar system small bodies. IPAC continues in its role as the Science Data Center for NEOWISE-R, and is responsible for processing, distributing, and archiving NEOWISE-R data.
The successful applicant will conduct scientific research using the NEOWISE-R data in collaboration with team members both at IPAC, and in the broader science team. In addition, the applicant will assist with NEOWISE-R data quality assessment, and verification of solar system object candidates identified by the automated moving-object pipeline.
Minimum requirements are a recent PhD in astronomy, planetary science, physics, or a related discipline, and recent research experience studying solar system objects. Preference will be given to those applicants who have participated in surveys for new asteroids and comets, and/or who have experience interpreting astronomical data from ground or space-based infrared array observations.
Appointments are for one year, renewable for up to three years subject to the availability of funding. To apply, please send a resume with publication list, a statement of planned research with NEOWISE-R data, and the names and contact information of three professional references to Mary Ellen Barba (firstname.lastname@example.org ). The deadline for receipt of applications is July 31, 2014.
Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.