MIT Kavli Postdoctoral Associate in Stellar Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Department Name: 
Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) is
looking for one POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE to carry out independent and
collaborative research programs in stellar astrophysics, with broad
emphasis on star formation, such as the evolution of accreting
low-mass stars with circumstellar disks, accretion, jets, and gas and
dust clouds.

In addition to persuing their own independent research, the candidate
will lead the analysis of an 100 orbit HST program. This program
serendipitously observes parts of star forming regions to identify
cluster members, look for disks, and discover new jets and
outflows. Other projects that the candidate could be involved in
include multi-wavelength spectroscopy (IR to X-rays) of young stars,
observations of stellar jets, or stellar X-ray activity, to name just
a few examples.  The candidate is expected to be familiar with either
imaging or high-resolution spectroscopy in the optical, UV, or X-ray

Members of our group use a variety of X-ray, UV, optical, and infrared
spectra from ground and space-based observatories with much emphasis
on Chandra X-ray imaging and spectroscopic instruments (high and low
resolution). The high energy astrophysics group also participates in
definition of the Chandra Guaranteed Time Observation Program for the
HETG. Additionally, MIT is a member of the Magellan Telescope
Consortium, which includes a budget of observing time.  While not a
necessity for this position, the successful applicant will be
encouraged to pursue their research interests by utilizing these

REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics, with demonstrated
initiative and experience working in modern stellar astrophysics
research, in particular star formation.

Applications received before February 28, 2021 will receive full consideration, but applications will 
continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The start date is nominally
spring or summer of 2021, but can be negotiated. The appointment will be for two
years, renewable for a third depending on performance and availability
of funding.

Applicants should apply online with a CV and statement of research
interests (3-4 page summary of recent work including ongoing projects)
and in addition also submit their CV, publications list, statement of research
interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to
Dr. Moritz Guenther by email (

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT staff are currently encouraged to
work remotely whenever possible. Until it is safe for MIT to fully
reopen our campus, this position will work remotely and immediate
relocation is not necessary, provided that the work is conducted
within the US.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be
discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic
information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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