Postdoctoral Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Archive Date: 
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Description:

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) seeks a Postdoctoral Associate for observational research on clusters of galaxies with emphasis on the astrophysics of the intracluster medium (ICM).

The successful applicant will work under the co-direction of Prof. Michael McDonald and Dr. Marshall Bautz, whose research groups study the physics and evolution of the ICM, the role that AGN feedback plays in this evolution, the co-evolution of galaxies and their environments, and the properties of the most distant SZ-selected galaxy clusters. For further information about ongoing research into galaxy clusters at MIT, see: and

MKI hosts an active group of researchers studying galaxy clusters, directed by Prof. McDonald and Dr. Bautz - the successful applicant will be encouraged to pursue independent research projects and to collaborate with other researchers within (or outside) these groups. MKI also hosts active science teams for the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) and High-Energy Transmission Grating (HETG) on Chandra. Members of Prof. McDonald's and Dr. Bautz's teams also collaborate with the South Pole Telescope (SPT) consortium. MKI is a partner in the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes, which boast an array of world-class optical and infrared instruments. The successful applicant will be encouraged to propose for guaranteed observing time on Chandra and for MKI time on Magellan.

Position Requirements:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related field. Experience with observational X-ray astronomy is highly desirable, but not required. Applicants with observational experience in other relevant wavebands, especially optical and infrared, are encouraged to apply. The appointment is for two years with the possibility of extension to a third.

Applicants should submit a CV, publications list, and brief research statement (no more than 4 pages), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted as well. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to: Ms. Thea Paneth ([email protected]) by January 7, 2022. PDF format is strongly preferred.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 7, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Thea Paneth
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Prof. Michael McDonald or Dr. Marshall Bautz