Two post-bac research positions have opened to support an instrument modeling effort for future exo-Earth finding mission concepts:
1) Researcher #1 will assist in developing a Python software framework to simulate spectroscopic exoplanet data acquired with a suite of novel instrument technologies.
2) Researcher #2 will assist in developing planet atmosphere retrieval algorithms to examine the scientific return from simulated and future data products.
Results from these data simulations and analysis will facilitate design trade studies to inform technology investments and laboratory demonstrations.
Recent graduates with experience coding in Python to analyze or simulate data are invited to apply. We encourage applicants who are considering applying to a graduate program in astrophysics or related disciplines in the near future, who wish to expand their research experience in the interim. The desired start date is in the range March-June 2019, with an initial employment term of 6 months that will be extended to an annual renewal contingent on performance.
About our research laboratory
The Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center conducts research on the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems using advanced telescopes and theoretical techniques. The innovations and discoveries enabled here contribute to our understanding of our place in the universe, and guide the development of future missions that will search for Earth-like planets around other stars.
The successful candidates will be hired through the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II), a collaboration between NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Catholic University of America; Howard University; and Southeastern Universities Research Association. CRESST II researchers are integrally involved in research activities ongoing within NASA/Goddard’s Astrophysics Science and Solar System Exploration Divisions. CRESST II also works to increase the involvement of women and minorities in space science research and to facilitate university student participation in such research.
•Soon or recent graduate with bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related engineering discipline;
•With experience in scientific Python programming;
•With 40 hours/week available to work on-site at NASA/Goddard; and
•Able to pass a security and background check in order to obtain a badge to access NASA/Goddard.
To apply, please send an email and include the following:
- Note your preference between the data simulation and atmospheric retrieval positions
- A work sample in the form of either a report, poster, or journal article, along with your associated source code.
- The names and email addresses of 2 individuals who can act as references.