Postdoc/Research Scientist (NASA Exoplanet Speckle Imaging Group)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Bay Area Environmental Research Institute
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United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on enabling and conducting research in earth and space science, is seeking a Postdoc/Research Scientist for the NASA Ames exoplanet speckle imaging group. This group operates multiple high-resolution imaging instruments on some of the most advanced optical telescopes in the world. The dual-channel optical speckle imagers are: Alopeke, NESSI, Zorro, and DSSI, and are installed at the Gemini-N, WIYN, Gemini-S, and Discovery Channel telescopes, respectively. The instruments share a common data reduction process and data archive. The position will be located at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA, and is initially for two years with the possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Become integrated into the speckle image group

Become familiar with the instruments, data reduction, and analysis techniques

Perform analysis to determine instrumental/observational metrics such as S/N, contrast limits, etc.

Revise and maintain documentation on the preparation of speckle observations and the reduction of data.

Supporting the project in the design and implementation of outreach, including a webpage, to increase awareness about the use of speckle data.

Participating in the observing programs at various telescopes.

Participating in the writing of funding proposals.

Developing your own research program.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in astronomy, physics, or a related field.

At least one year of experience in a scientific or research organization.

At least one year of experience in observational astronomy.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in scientific computation, with knowledge in one or more of C, Tcl, GTK, IDL, Python and/or other common scientific computational software platforms.

Experience with high-resolution imaging and/or exoplanet research.

A record of independent research and publications.

Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Ability to work well with others on a team.

Willingness to work night-time hours.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and CV to In your cover letter please specify this is for the Postdoc/Research Scientist for the NASA Ames Exoplanet Speckle Imaging Group. All candidates must also provide a list of publications, and a list of at least 3 people willing to provide letters of reference. 

Citizenship Requirement:  Must be a U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or Foreign National eligible for either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.

Additional Details: BAER Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please contact Samantha McCarthy,

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$70000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$85000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

Compensation includes a competitive base salary along with health insurance benefits (including medical, dental, prescription drug, vision, disability, and life insurance benefits), ten paid holidays annually, a generous vacation and sick-time accrual policy, an employer-funded 403b defined- contribution plan, and eligibility for optional participation in a 403b tax-deferred-annuity plan.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Samantha McCarthy
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