Postdoctoral Fellowship, Exoplanets & Brown Dwarfs – ID# 19652

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 



The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawai‘i invites applications for a postdoctoral position located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr. Michael Liu ( on studies of imaged exoplanets and brown dwarfs, based on observing programs carried out with premier ground-based and space-based telescopes. Applicants with interests in science from high angular resolution astronomy and/or adaptive optics (AO) are especially encouraged to apply, though those with broader expertise in relevant scientific or technical areas will also be given full consideration.


The successful candidate will have access to all optical and infrared (IR) telescopes on the summit of Maunakea through the IfA's guaranteed share of observing time, including instruments on the Keck, Subaru, Gemini, and Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescopes that are well-suited to exoplanet and brown dwarf studies. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to join the exoplanet science team for the Keck All-Sky Precision Adaptive optics (KAPA) instrument, a new tomographic laser guide star AO system now under construction.


By the starting date, candidates should have obtained a PhD degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field. Though not required, please communicate in advance if you will be attending the winter AAS meeting in Honolulu. For a full list of requirements and to apply, please visit


The appointment is Non-Regular, Full-Time, Limited Term (up to three (3) years in duration). Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. The start date is flexible and can be anytime in 2020. The annual salary will be approximately $68,500 per year and will include funding support for research activities.


The closing date for this position is January 29, 2020. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first). Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/CV, (3) Supervisory References, (4) List of Publications, (5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s), and (6) Statement of Research Interests. All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time). If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to Also, please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to this email address before the closing date, referencing Posting ID# 19652. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808) 956-8344 or (808) 956-0872.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Approximately $68,500 per year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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