Postdoctoral Position Spectral Signatures of Exoplanets

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Wisconsin
Department Name: 
Space Science and Engineering Center
City: 
Madison
State/Province: 
WI
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

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 denise.weidner@ssec.wisc.edu. The cover letter must include an available start date, and contact information (name, phone number, and email address) for three references.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$57000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 23, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, October 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Denise Weidner
Email: 
denise.weidner@ssec.wisc.edu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Margaret Turnbull
Subject: 
UW Postdoctoral position in Exoplanets and Spectral Signatures
Email: 
turnbull.maggie@gmail.com