The Astronomy Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to collaborate with Prof. Brendan Bowler and his research group on observational studies broadly related to exoplanet discovery, formation, characterization, and demographics. Specific topics include: high-contrast adaptive optics imaging and spectroscopy of substellar companions; statistical properties of exoplanets; brown dwarf and giant planet variability; host star characterization; precision radial velocities of young stars and transiting planets; and sub-mm observations of circumstellar and circumplanetary disks. Applicants with experience in any of these research areas are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have access to McDonald Observatory facilities, which include the 10-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope and 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith telescope. These telescopes host a number of innovative new instruments such as the IGRINS near-infrared echelle spectrograph and the Habitable-Zone Planet Finder spectrograph. There will also be opportunities to advise undergraduate or graduate students. Finally, Austin is a vibrant city with an active music and cultural scene, and excellent weather allowing year-round outdoor activities.
The applicant should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field by their anticipated start date in Fall 2021. Other start dates may be possible. The appointment will be for two years initially with the expectation of renewal for a third year contingent on satisfactory performance and funding. Candidates are expected to be willing to take on new projects, learn new skills, work independently, and contribute positively to departmental culture. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer; astronomers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds such as women, persons with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, names of three references, and a statement of current and future research interests as a single PDF under a subject heading “Postdoc Position — YOUR NAME” to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete applications received by December 1, 2020 will receive full consideration.