Postdoctoral Fellowship to Characterize TESS Exoplanet Candidates with MEarth

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Harvard University
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
60 Garden Street
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for a postdoctoral fellow in exoplanets, stellar astrophysics, and time variable phenomena. The fellow will work closely with members of the TESS science team to plan, conduct, and analyze follow-up observations of TESS exoplanet candidates with the MEarth Project. The MEarth project consists of 16 robotic telescopes, 8 of which are located at Cerro Tololo, Chile, and 8 of which are located atop Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, USA. The fellow may also lead follow-up observations with the large set of telescopic facilities through the Center for Astrophysics, including the Magellan Observatories in Chile, the MMT, 1.5m and 1.2m telescopes at the F. L. Whipple Observatory in Arizona, and the HARPS-N spectrograph at the 3.6m Galileo Italian National Telescope in La Palma, Spain. The fellow will lead scientific papers and present results at conferences, with the goal of improving our understanding of the formation, composition, evolution, and habitability of planets orbiting nearby stars.

Each applicant should email, as a single PDF file, a statement of at most 2 pages explaining her or his interest and qualifications for the position, a current CV, and list of publications. Applicants should also request for 2 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the writers by the deadline. Review of applications will commence upon receipt, and any application received by the deadline will receive full consideration.

Appointments are for one year, with renewals for a second and third year likely, contingent upon satisfactory progress. We would like the successful applicant to be able to commence work as soon as possible.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Included Benefits: 

A relocation allowance is provided. The postdoc will be hired as an employee and will have access to comprehensive benefits, including subsidized medical coverage, dental coverage, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, vision care coverage, 403(b) tax-deferred account, health flexible spending account, dependent care flexible spending account, workers compensation, employee assistance program, child care scholarships, back-up family care, paid parental leave, adoption assistance, transportation assistance, access to fitness and recreation facilities, discounted cultural and lesiure activities, and other benefits. See

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
David Charbonneau
Professor of Astronomy