Postdoctoral Scholar in NEO observations (MITHNEOS)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, July 15, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, August 12, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Northern Arizona University
Department Name: 
Astronomy & Planetary Science
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The postdoctoral scholar will work in collaboration with Dr. Cristina Thomas and other project team members on the MIT-Hawaii Near Earth Object Spectroscopic Survey (MITHNEOS), a long-running near-infrared spectral survey using SpeX on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). Leadership of the program has recently passed to Dr. Thomas at NAU. The postdoctoral scholar will take a leading role in all aspects of the survey including target selection, spectroscopic observations (~1 night per month), reduction, and data analysis. This position is eligible for remote work within the US.

Tasks include:

Data analysis and publication 40%

  • Develop scientific questions for publications of the datasets.
  • Perform taxonomic classification and spectral analysis.
  • Publish results using the new data and our full spectral catalog.

Remote Observations 30%

  • Assist with preparation of IRTF proposals.
  • Perform monthly IRTF observations.

Data reduction 20%

  • Perform reductions of incoming data.
  • Maintain catalog of observations and format the data for distribution on the project’s website.

Generation and maintenance of tools 10%

  • Assist with migration of observing and reduction tools to python.
  • Create new software tools as needed for operation of program.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with spectroscopic observations and data reduction

Experience with unix systems, iraf, IDL, and python

Application Deadline: 
Monday, August 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Cristina Thomas