Postdoctoral Researcher Outer Solar System

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Southwest Research Institute
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Who We Are:  As a recognized leader in space science research and spacecraft instrumentation, avionics, and electronics, we are helping to reveal the secrets of our solar system and the universe.

Objectives of this Role: Analysis of ground- and space-based data of Pluto to quantify the spatial distribution and long-term evolution of Pluto's ices; the main goal is to further understand the mechanisms of interaction between Pluto's surface and its atmosphere. Be involved in the development of an optical constants database for quantitative spectral analysis of small bodies in the Solar System; this will be achieved through the synergy between laboratory measurements and computational analysis. Daily and Monthly Responsibilities: Radiative transfer model of Pluto's spectroscopic measurements acquired from ground (e.g., IRTF) and space (New Horizons).  Laboratory measurements of small bodies analog materials and software development to compute optical constants.  Meet weekly with the project team/lead to discuss progress and develop project pathways. Assist with scientific publications, presentations at scientific meetings, PDS archiving, proposal writing to secure observing time and/or funding. Requirements: Requires a PhD with a 3.00 GPA in Physics, Astronomy, or related disciplines. 0-1 years: skills in spectroscopic studies, laboratory measurements, and experience in Python and/or IDL. A valid/clear driver's license is required.This is a 2 year limited term assignment with possible extension. Work assignment is in Boulder, Colorado.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$80000.00 (USD)
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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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