Postdoctoral Associate in Exoplanet, Stellar, and Solar Research

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Lowell Observatory
Street Line 1: 
1400 W Mars Hill Road
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

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.

To Apply:

Please send a single pdf document to [email protected] that includes the following:

  • Subject line: Exoplanet Postdoctoral Associate
  • Lowell Short Form Application (
  • A 1-page cover letter
  • CV
  • 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.

Included Benefits: 

In addition to 11 scheduled paid holidays, Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy for all full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you to determine how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside of work. Paid time off also includes paid Parental and FMLA leaves. The cost of premiums for medical, life & long term disability insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100% paid by the company, and includes a contribution to either an H.S.A or HRA account for first dollar medical expenses. A portion of dependent medical insurance is paid by the company. Up to a 5% match on retirement contributions after 6 months of employment and funds in lifestyle spending account provided by the observatory.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Dr. Joe Llama