Postdoctoral position in stellar and exoplanet astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 25, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Texas at Austin
Department Name: 
McDonald Observatory
Street Line 1: 
2515 Speedway
Street Line 2: 
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas at Austin is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position working with Dr. Cynthia Froning and collaborators in the area of observational stellar and exoplanet astrophysics. The postdoc hire will work as part of the Mega-MUSCLES team conducting a multiwavelength survey of the energetic radiation environment around late type stars and the effects of high energy emission on exoplanet atomospheric structure and habitability. Experience in one or more areas of ultraviolet/optical spectroscopy, research on cool star chromospheres and/or flaring activity, or studies of exoplanet atmospheric physics is preferred but not required.

The postdoc scientist will also have research access to the observing facilities of McDonald Observatory, including the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the 2.7-m Harlan J. Smith Telescope, the 2.1-m Otto Struve Telescope, and the 0.8-m wide-field imaging telescope. McDonald Observatory is also a Science Collaboration Institution of the Los Cumbres Observatory with guaranteed access to their global observatory network. In addition, the facilities of the Texas Advanced Computing Center are available. 

The nominal start date is September 1, 2018, but an earlier date may be considered based on availability of suitable candidates. The initial appointment will be for one year with the expectation of renewal for a second and third year following satisfactory research performance. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. upon arrival and will reside in Austin, TX. UT is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should fill out the information form at:

Once the form has been filled out you will receive two additional steps explaining the supplemental documents required for submission for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration

Application materials should include a CV, publication history, and statement of research interests and experience. Applicants should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent (following the instructions at the link above). Applications received by Dec. 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.

Included Benefits: 

For information on employee benefits, please see the HRS-Benefits home page at

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Cynthia Froning
Research Fellow
University of Texas at Austin
United States of America
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Mega-MUSCLES postdoc position