Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 3, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Carnegie Institution for Science
Department Name: 
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM)
Street Line 1: 
5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W.
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship for independent research on the origin and evolution of stars and planets. We are seeking theorists and observers working in the fields of star and planet formation, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, planetary astronomy, and astrochemistry.

DTM has an active group of researchers in these and other areas. Alan Boss and John Chambers head the theoretical effort to understand the formation of stellar and planetary systems. Paul Butler is a leader in the spectroscopic search for extrasolar planets. Alycia Weinberger observes young stars and circumstellar disks. Scott Sheppard studies small, primordial bodies in our Solar System. Related researchers on our campus include Conel Alexander, Larry Nittler, and George Cody, who perform laboratory studies of pre-planetary materials (including circumstellar grains and interstellar organics) in meteorites and interplanetary dust, and Peter Driscoll, who studies the magnetic field evolution of terrestrial planets.    

Our fellows have access to a wide range of facilities. Fellows are eligible to apply for time at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, including the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Carnegie is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV collaboration. Theoretical calculations can be performed on the Carnegie memex cluster. DTM fellowships provide support for observing, travel, computing, and publication.

Availability of this position is contingent upon funding. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and a promising record of research and publication. A C.V., list of publications, brief statement of research plans, and three letters of recommendation by those familiar with your work should be submitted online at by 1 December 2018. Fellowships may be renewed for up to three years. Address any questions you have to Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Included Benefits: 

Health benefits provided.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Astronomy Fellowship Committee
Carnegie Institution for Science
Department Name: 
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism
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