The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics invites applications for a Research Associate position to work with Professor John Johnson in the development of instrumentation and execution of observations using the MINERVA telescope array. MINERVA is a collection of small 0.7m automated telescopes dedicated to the detection and characterization of exoplanets using high-cadence, highly-precise photometric and radial velocity measurements. The successful candidate will work with Professor Johnson on one or more of the following areas: (1) The development of astronomical instrumentation, including photometers and an RV spectrograph for the MINERVA telescope array; (2) The detection of exoplanets in high-cadence, highly-precise radial velocity time series measurements (3) high-precision, ground-based transit photometry (4) the observation and characterization of low-mass binary companions (5) photometric and radial velocity follow-up observations of transiting exoplanet candidate from the K2 and TESS Missions using MINERVA and other facilities at Whipple Observatory. These topics are at the forefront of exoplanetary science, an exciting and growing branch of astronomical investigation. The successful applicant will lead and participate in development of instrumentation for the MINERVA telescope array and participate in the analysis and publication of data from MINERVA. Applicants with previous experience with telescope automation and instrument development for small telescopes and/or in the acquisition and analysis of RV spectroscopy, transit photometry are encouraged to apply.
The position is for three years, renewable for additional years upon mutual agreement and available funding. The starting date will be September 1, 2014, but a later start is negotiable depending on the applicant's availability. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or equivalent, by the date of appointment. Three years of postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly. All materials and inquiries should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications that are complete by August 15, 2014 will receive primary consideration.
The CfA hosts a strong research program in astrophysics and provides a stimulating environment.
Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially welcome to apply. Salary and benefits are competitive.
Salary and benefits are competitive.