Postdoctoral Research Position – White Dwarf Exoplanet Detection & Characterization with JWST

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 21, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan, to start in Fall 2024. Postdoctoral Research fellow appointments are for a 2-year period. The appointment can be renewed for a third year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be $60,000/yr or higher, depending on the successful candidate’s previous experience, plus benefits. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Mary Anne Limbach ( on several JWST MIRI imaging programs to detect and characterize white dwarf exoplanets, e.g., cycle 2 programs 4403 ( and 3621. Previous experience in one or more of the following areas is beneficial but not required: experience with infrared excess detection, photometry, common proper motion measurements, orbit fitting, high contrast imaging, analyzing JWST, Spitzer or WISE data, and/or a research background in white dwarf exoplanets. Applicants with interests in either observational or theoretical white dwarf exoplanet research are encouraged to apply. Our collaboration is friendly and supportive; applicants should have strong collaborative skills and want to contribute to our group’s positive climate. We work to improve the equity and inclusion within our group and department ( and encourage applications from folks with historically marginalized identities.

The postdoc in this position will have access to departmental telescope and computing facilities ( and interdisciplinary research collaborations (e.g. The University of Michigan is recognized as a top academic employer and Ann Arbor, Michigan is routinely recognized for its high quality of life. Information about working as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan can be found here:
All materials should be received by December 19 for full consideration. Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, or a closely related field by the start of the position. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter (maximum 1 page), curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and brief statement of research interests (maximum 3 pages). Applications should be made via interfolio Please also arrange for three letters of recommendation, which will also be sent via interfolio. All questions should be directed to Dr. Mary Anne Limbach ([email protected]).

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Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, March 18, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
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Dr. Mary Anne Limbach