Postdoctoral Researcher in Exoplanets

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 11, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 8, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
Louisiana State University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
City: 
Baton Rouge
State/Province: 
Louisiana
Zip/Postal: 
70803
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral researcher position at Louisiana State University to work in the area of exoplanets and/or time-domain survey astronomy. The researcher will work within Professor Matthew Penny's group on analysis of data from ongoing surveys, or preparations for upcoming surveys, of exoplanet demographics using the transit or gravitational microlensing techniques. The researcher will also have the opportunity to develop and apply machine learning techniques in collaboration with members of LSU's Center for Computation and Technology. Past experience in one of the group's areas of research is not required. Researcher may be required to travel nationally and internationally. 

Responsibilities: Conduct research in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Analysis and collection of data for the MISHAPS transit survey, which may include crowded field photometry analysis, signal searches in time series photometry, survey detection efficiency analysis, modeling of planetary transit data;
  2. Data analysis of ground-based microlensing survey data, which may include crowded field photometry, microlensing lightcurve modeling, survey detection efficiency analysis.
  3. Perform and analyze simulations of future space-based microlensing surveys by WFIRST and Euclid.

The researcher will write up their work for publication in journals, present their work at conferences and collaboration meetings, and assist or lead the preparation of observing proposals.  Additional duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: In their materials, applicants should detail relevant experience and interests in exoplanet research, time-domain and/or crowded field photometry, gravitational microlensing, high-performance and high-throughput computing, machine learning and big data techniques. Experience in one or more of these is preferred but not required.

Review of applications will begin Nov 7th 2019. Start date flexible.

Special Instructions:

View full application instructions on the LSU career site.

LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

 

Included Benefits: 

LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 8, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Matthew Penny
Title: 
Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Institution/Company: 
Louisiana State University
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
City: 
Baton Rouge
State/Province: 
Louisiana
Zip/Postal Code: 
70803
Country: 
United States of America
Email: 
penny1@lsu.edu
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
R00040827
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Matthew Penny
Subject: 
AAS Advertisement Inquiry (Postdoctoral Researcher in Exoplanets)
Email: 
penny1@lsu.edu