Postdoctoral Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department Name: 
MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, to carry out independent and collaborative research programs in high-energy astrophysics, with broad emphasis on black hole accretion. The successful candidate will join the group led by Professor Erin Kara and spend up to half of the time on one’s own research program. Up to two positions are available. 

    MKI is home to a large and vibrant astrophysics research community, including twenty faculty  and forty long-term research scientists. MIT researchers are actively involved in Chandra, NICER, LIGO, TESS and future missions, such as XRISM and Athena. 

    REQUIRED: PhD in physics, astronomy or closely related field, and a background in high-energy astrophysics. Experience in spectral-timing analysis, high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy or time domain astronomy will be valued assets. 

    In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV (including a list of publications) and statement of research (3-4 pages, including a summary of past/current research and future plans) to administrative assistant Thea Paneth ( The applicant must also identify three references, who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.

    Prospective applicants can contact Professor Erin Kara ( for questions or further information about the position.

    The appointment will be processed in one year increments and initially funded for two years with further one-year extension contingent upon performance and availability of funding. It is expected that the appointment will commence in the summer or fall of 2020 (start date is negotiable).

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Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
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Postdoctoral Associate position