Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at Lowell Observatory to work on Exoplanet, Stellar and Solar Research. This position will be supervised by Dr. Joe Llama
The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with Dr. Joe Llama on characterizing the intrinsic variability of stars to detect small exoplanets. The successful candidate will use data collected with the solar feed into the EXtreme PREcision Spectrograph (EXPRES) to develop models of the induced variability caused by surface magnetism on solar-type stars. The models will be applied to observations of the Sun, and other stars, obtained with planet planet-hunting spectrographs such as EXPRES, NASA’s NEID, and supplement these observations with other publicly available datasets. The position is expected to be split with 80% of the time dedicated to the main program and 20% for any other research of the postdoc’s choosing.
The initial appointment is for two years, renewable for a third year contingent upon satisfactory performance. The start date is negotiable. This position is funded by active grants and comes with a competitive salary with full benefits. Funding is available for computer resources, attending conferences, publication charges, and observing runs. Postdocs at the Observatory have access to our 4.3-m Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT) including EXPRES, as well as several 1-m class telescopes. There are opportunities for Lowell scientists to develop their science communication skills as part of the observatory’s education and public outreach mission.
A Ph.D. in Physics, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, or closely related field by the start date of the appointment.
Candidates with a background in stellar activity and analysis of radial velocity observations are highly encouraged to apply.
Please send a single pdf document to [email protected] that includes the following:
- Subject line: Exoplanet Postdoctoral Associate
- Lowell Short Form Application (https://lowell.edu/about/career-opportunities/)
- A 1-page cover letter
- A statement of research accomplishments and future research plans. Candidates should explicitly describe how their experience and interests are relevant to this position. (3 pages)
- The names and email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to send reference letters by December 15th, 2022 to [email protected]. Candidates should request the reference letters themselves.
Applications received by December 15th, 2022 will receive full consideration. The anticipated start date is Spring/Summer 2023.