MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) welcome applications for at least one postdoctoral position to work with Professor Ian Crossfield and his collaborators. Applications targeting any area of exoplanet research are welcome, but are especially encouraged for topics including atmospheric characterization from ground and space, and planet discovery and characterization via transits and RV.
At MKI the successful applicant(s) may, in addition to performing their own research, work on exoplanet research projects at MIT including (but not limited to) analysis of space-based transit and eclipse spectroscopy with HST and JWST, transit follow-up of TESS targets from ground and space, and/or RV observations and analyses of TESS-discovered targets.
In addition to public access to facilities such as JWST, HST, Keck, Gemini, WIYN, etc., MIT researchers have institutional access to the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes and to multiple small-aperture telescopes at Wallace Observatory. MKI is also a lead institution in TESS, scheduled for launch in 2018.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a related field. Applicants should send a description of research expertise, interests, and plans (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae with names and emails of at least three references to Ian Crossfield (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications received before Nov 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.
The position(s) are available as early as Feb 2018 for a period of three years and a possible extension and come with funds for travel and research expenses. Start date is flexible, though earlier is preferred.
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.