Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position to work with Professor Ian Crossfield and his ExoLab research group. Applications targeting any area of stellar or exoplanetary research are welcome, but are especially encouraged for topics focusing on the derivation of precise stellar parameters via stellar spectroscopy, particularly detailed stellar abundances.
The successful applicant will work with both archival and newly-acquired spectroscopic data sets from Keck/HIRES, Keck/NIRSPEC, IRTF/iSHELL, and other facilities. The NSF- and NASA-funded project will focus on investigating abundance patterns in field stars and brown dwarfs to test models of Galactic Chemical Evolution, improve the precision of inferred stellar ages, and compare abundance patterns in exoplanet host stars to the makeup of these planets’ atmospheres (as inferred by JWST, HST, or other observations). Candidates are particularly sought who can demonstrate experience and/or interest in the analysis of stellar spectra and/or related data products, including the construction of model stellar atmospheres and/or stellar spectra, spectral synthesis, curve-of-growth analysis, or related efforts.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or a related field by their start date. The position is available as early as June 2022 for a period of three years and a possible extension, and come with funds for travel and research expenses. Start date is flexible. Applicants should send a cover letter, a description of research expertise and interests (as pertaining to the projects described above), and a curriculum vitae with names and email addresses of at least two references to Ian Crossfield ([email protected]). Applications received before Feb 15, 2022 will receive full consideration; review will continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply go to http://employment.ku.edu/staff/20127BR
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