Postdoctoral Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 25, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department Name: 
Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

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 direction of Dr. Marshall Bautz. The interests of his research group include the physics and evolution of the ICM, the X-ray properties of SZ-selected clusters, and the connection between ICM observables and cluster mass.

MKI hosts a number of researchers studying galaxy clusters, including members of groups directed by Dr. Bautz and Professor Michael McDonald. 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 Dr. Bautz's and Prof. McDonald'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.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field. Experience with observational X-ray astronomy is highly desirable. 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 to have three letters of reference sent electronically to: Ms. Danielle Noonan ( by December 11, 2017. PDF format is strongly preferred. Questions may be directed to Dr. Bautz (

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 11, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
No Status Given (Opted Out)
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Attention To: 
Ms. Danielle Noonan
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Dr. Marshall Bautz