The Astrophysics and Space Science section of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for one postdoctoral position to collaborate with Dr. Renyu Hu on exoplanetary atmospheres modeling.
The field of exoplanets is on the cusp of observationally studying the atmospheres of temperate exoplanets, but the basic theories or modeling capabilities are still lacking for cold and small planets that have non-H2-dominated atmospheres. The successful applicant will work at the forefront of exoplanetary atmospheres modeling by developing radiative-transfer and atmospheric chemistry models to study temperate exoplanets from Jupiter-sized to Earth-sized. The research problems range from the fundamental understanding of the thermodynamic structure of the temperate planets’ atmospheres to the prediction of their spectral characteristics in the transmitted and reflected light. The successful applicant is expected to lead the publication of results and to develop science cases for proposing observations of exoplanet atmospheres as PI, and will be encouraged and facilitated to engage with relevant mission formulation and mission concept studies, some of which are being hosted at JPL.
The postdoctoral researcher will benefit from a multi-disciplinary and collegiate environment offered by JPL’s Exoplanetary Science Initiative (ESI). The ESI is dedicated to supporting a vision of the future of exoplanet science by deepening connections between Planetary & Earth Science and Astrophysics. ESI furthers science, technology, and program implementation in the discovery, characterization, and comparison of exoplanets, towards ultimately addressing the question of habitability in the universe. More information on the ESI can be found at https://exoplanetary.jpl.nasa.gov/.
Applicants with theoretical and computational expertise in any areas of investigation within planetary and exoplanetary atmospheres are encouraged to apply. Experience in atmosphere models including radiative transfer, photochemistry, or cloud microphysics is a plus. Scientists who have been primarily working on Earth or Solar System topics but are interested in growing into exoplanets are encouraged to apply. Scientists who are from minority groups underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree in Planetary Science, Astronomy, or a related field is required.
The start date is flexible, and immediate starting is possible. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable up to 3 years contingent on funding and performance. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
Applicants should submit a CV including a publication list, a cover letter that includes a brief description of current and future research interests as well as a description of how the candidate would support diversity and inclusion at JPL, and names and contact information of two references. The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org with the attention of Dr. Renyu Hu.