This postdoctoral position involves integration of polarized radiative transfer models into an existing exoplanet simulation code, and then using the simulation to explore various exoplanet signatures related to the potential habitability of Earth-similar worlds. The candidate will investigate the impact of exoplanet topography, cloud and atmospheric compositions on disk-integrated spectrophotometry. The candidate will be expected to lead preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations at selected scientific conferences. The position will be part of the research group of Prof. Tristan L’Ecuyer, at the Space Science and Engineering Center and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. Margaret Turnbull at the SETI Institute as part of her Science Investigation Team (SIT) for NASA’s WFIRST mission. The Turnbull SIT supports modeling and analysis related to the WFIRST Coronagraph instrument, designed for imaging nearby exoplanetary systems. This multidisciplinary group includes scientists working in climate modeling, atmospheric science, remote sensing, and astronomy. The postdoctoral researcher will have opportunities to contribute to other Earth remote sensing projects in Prof. L’Ecuyer’s research group. This is nominally a 2-year Research Associate position, with potential for a third year depending on performance and continued funding availability.
Eligibility: PhD in atmospheric science, astronomy, or physics. Experience with radiative transfer modeling of planetary atmospheres is desired. A background in scientific programming in python is highly desired.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and detailed CV to Denise Weidner at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter must include an available start date, and contact information (name, phone number, and email address) for three references.