Astronomer (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)
This advert is for the position of Astronomer (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences Division (SSP) of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Holman. The purpose of this position is to undertake theoretical and observational research related to (a) the detection of Solar System minor planets, and (b) the orbital dynamics of Solar System objects.
Initial funding will be for two years, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and funding. Successful candidates would be expected to undertake research drawn from a subset of the topics described below.
Potential Research Topics:
Contribute to the ongoing IMACS occultation survey for sub-km KBOs;
Conduct surveys of Centaurs, TNOs and other outer Solar System objects using Pan-STARRS data. It is anticipated that this data search will utilize novel heliocentric linking algorithms developed by Holman & Payne.
Assist in the augmentation of the novel heliocentric linking algorithms developed by Holman & Payne, with the aim of making said algorithms able to robustly link observations of fast-moving objects (such as NEOs) across long time-spans.
Undertake dynamical investigations of the outer Solar System.
Interested applicants should apply through USAJobs.gov. A complete application will include a cover letter, CV, bibliography and contact details for three references.
Official applications should also be submitted through the USAJobs https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495465000