Postdoctoral Position in Astronomy

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Vassar College
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Astronomy. The position is for 3 years. The successful candidate will work with Professor Colette Salyk on the analysis of spectra of protoplanetary disks. Colette Salyk studies protoplanetary disks using both ground- and space-based spectrographs, and is a PI on a JWST Cycle 1 Treasury program. The successful candidate will analyze archival infrared disk spectra, develop tools for spectral analysis, and provide community products necessary for the analysis of JWST spectra. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with undergraduate students, and would have the opportunity to help plan public events at our Class of 1951 Observatory, which is equipped with a 32” reflecting telescope.

Candidates with expertise and interests in infrared spectroscopy, star and planet formation, or exoplanets are particularly encouraged to apply.  Experience working with students is preferred, but not required.  Experience with the python programming language is also preferred, but not required.  The candidate should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, astrophysics, physics or related field, or plan to complete their Ph.D. in such a field before arriving at Vassar College.   

The postdoctoral position is considered a full-time research position, but applicants may have opportunities to explore teaching opportunities through a department role.  The position also allows significant opportunities for mentorship of undergraduate students and outreach via the campus observatory.  Vassar is a member of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC), which provides opportunities for the postdoc to network and receive mentorship beyond the college.  

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Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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