Postdoctoral Associate in Earth & Planetary Materials

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Cornell University Department of Astronomy
Department Name: 
Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Street Line 1: 
106 Space Sciences
Street Line 2: 
Cornell Campus
Street Line 3: 
14853
City: 
Ithaca
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal: 
14853
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 
Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.

Cornell Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Planetary Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist with knowledge on Earth and planetary materials, melting processes, and experience with experimental petrology/geochemistry and infrared spectroscopy. The postdoc will be part of the interdisciplinary Carl Sagan Institute (CSI) at Cornell University and work with Lisa Kaltenegger (Astronomy) and Esteban Gazel (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) in a project supported by the Heisting-Simons foundation to experimentally explore the composition of exosolar lava planets. We have two years of postdoctoral support as well as opportunities to present in international conferences and be part of professional development programs at Cornell. Ideally, we would like the postdoctoral scientist to start in Spring 2022.

Earth started as a lava planet, covered by a magma ocean sustained by the energy of accretionary impacts. Since then, the direct connections to our origin as a lava world are mostly lost. However, the exciting discovery of hundreds of lava worlds around other stars opens new opportunities to explore what those planets are made of, as well as our primordial planetary origin through the study of their composition. The first observations from the surface of a lava world (LHS 3844) were recently done using the Spitzer Space Telescope. This significant breakthrough demonstrates that we will be able to observe the surface of more lava worlds in the future. Nevertheless, the biggest challenge we face as new data become available is that we cannot interpret the observations made by current (Spitzer and Hubble) and upcoming telescopes (e.g., James Webb Space Telescope) without a library of experimentally observed spectra of hot and molten surfaces and their potential outgassed atmospheres. The project "Laboratory Exploration of Lava Worlds" will provide these critical experimental data to explore the surface and atmospheric compositions of lava planets and help identify tell-tale signs of different materials to give us insight for the interpretations of future exoplanet observations.

The postdoctoral associate will conduct the experiments, produce measurements of the reflectivity and emission spectrum of representative composition surfaces as well as their chemistry, and interpret/model results, with the goal of providing the data necessary for future observations of lava worlds. The project requires bi-weekly presentations with advancement on the project to the PIs and during the CSI monthly meetings, the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals, and the development of a catalog of spectra that will be released by the end of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the PIs to discuss the project. Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online.

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Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Compensation based on experience and equity
Included Benefits: 

Cornell Unversity provides a generous benefits package. An overview of provided coverage can be found at: https://hr.cornell.edu/sites/default/files/documents/benefits_overview_e...

 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Lynda Sovocool
Title: 
Finance and Human Resource Manager
Institution/Company: 
Cornell University
Department Name: 
Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Street Line 1: 
106 Space Science Building
Street Line 2: 
Cornell Campus
Street Line 3: 
122 Science Drive
City: 
Ithaca
State/Province: 
NY
Zip/Postal Code: 
14853
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
6072554342
FAX: 
607-255-3433
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
Cornell University Department of Astronomy
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Lynda M Sovocool
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Postdoc Earth and Planetary Materials