The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate with Prof. Caroline Morley and her research group on characterizing exoplanets and brown dwarfs. Applicants with theoretical or observational expertise in any of these fields are encouraged to apply. Ongoing research programs include:
Near-infrared high spectral resolution observations of exoplanet and brown dwarf atmospheres, using instruments such as IGRINS
Retrievals of directly-imaged planets and brown dwarfs, including variability
Forward modeling of substellar atmospheres, from brown dwarfs to terrestrial planets
The successful applicant can participate in one or more of these programs, including leading publication of results. Applicants are also welcome to discuss new emphases that they would bring to the research group. The successful applicant can allocate a substantial fraction of their time to work on independent research programs.
UT Austin is a large astronomy department and the successful applicant will have access to McDonald Observatory facilities, including the 10m HET and 2.7m Harlan J. Smith telescopes. These telescopes host a number of innovative new instruments, including the IGRINS infrared echelle spectrograph and the Habitable-Zone Planet Finder. There will also be opportunities to advise undergraduate or graduate students. Finally, Austin is a vibrant city with an active music and cultural scene, and excellent weather allowing year-round outdoor activities.
The start date is flexible in 2019. Before starting, the applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer; astronomers from traditionally under-represented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Initial appointment is for 1 year, with a 2nd and 3rd year likely but contingent on performance. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applicants should submit a CV, publication list, statement of current and future research interests, and names of 3 references. The deadline for applications is Jan 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to: firstname.lastname@example.org under a subject heading “Postdoc Position — YOUR NAME”.