Virginia Cosmic Origins Postdoctoral Research Associates

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Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (visiting and non-tenure)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
University of Virginia
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
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530 McCormick Road
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PO BOX 400325
United States of America
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The University of Virginia (UVA) invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate positions as part of the interdisciplinary Virginia Initiative on Cosmic Origins (VICO).

The incumbents will lead an ambitious, independent research programs related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at UVA, as well as at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) on the grounds of the University. The relevant themes include star formation, planet formation and evolution, planetary science, astrochemistry and astrobiology, from both theoretical and observational perspectives. See for more information.

The Postdoctoral Research Associates will participate in departmental activities and promote collaboration both within VICO and with its partner institutes, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and the Center for Astrochemical Studies at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Garching, Germany.

There are three types of research programs: 1) Cosmic Origins Program; (2) Virginia-Chalmers Cosmic Origins Program; (3) Virginia-MPE Cosmic Origins Program (funding pending for this cycle). Applicants should indicate in their cover letter if they have preferences among these research programs.

All positions will start at UVA and are initially a one-year appointment, with renewal for an additional two one-year increments for the position, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding, and an additional three one-year increments for the Virginia-Chalmers and Virginia-MPE positions, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding (Years 3 and 4 would be at Chalmers or MPE).

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology or related disciplines by the appointment start date.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624333. Complete a Candidate Profile online and electronically attach as a single PDF document as "Other 1": cover letter; curriculum vitae; list of publications; summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages, including references); research proposal (limited to 3 pages text plus up to 2 pages of references/figures). Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted to Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

A competitive salary and benefits package is offered at University of Virginia . The positions also include travel funds and opportunities for dissemination, networking, and international collaboration.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Eric Herbst (, Jonathan Tan ( or Ilse Cleeves ( Additional information on the research can be found at

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Richard Haverstrom, (rkh6j@.EDU).

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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