Astrophysicist - Post-doctoral Research Fellow

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Publish Date: 
Friday, December 9, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Government Agency
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
United States of America
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Astrophysicist (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) on Exoplanetary Atmospheres

Trust Fund (Non-Federal), Temporary for one year, with a possibility of extension for additional two years


The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), part of the Center for Astrophysics - Harvard & Smithsonian, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in Dr. Mercedes López-Morales’ Research Group. The successful applicant will work on exoplanetary atmospheres or radial velocity studies, with focus on the analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data from ongoing ground-based and space-based surveys.


The position is nominally for one year, renewable for up to three years. The nominal start date is August 1, 2023, but an earlier or later start is possible.


Candidates must have a Master’s degree, Ph.D. preferred (or have completed all the requirements necessary to obtain the degree) in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science or a related field by the start date of the appointment. Candidates must also have working knowledge on exoplanetary atmospheres or radial velocity studies, including reduction, analysis, and/or modeling of spectroscopic data. They must also be comfortable working in a research group environment and as part of large collaborations, and with participation in observing runs. Experience coding in Python, Julia, or IDL will be preferred.


Applications need to include a 1-page cover letter, 2-page CV, list of publications, a 3-page statement of interests and qualifications, and contact information for three reference letter writers.


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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in our workplace

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
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