Post Doctoral Researcher in Exoplanetary Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of New Mexico
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Albuquerque, NM 87131
New Mexico
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position working in exoplanetary science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, to begin as early as February 2023. However, a start date in summer of 2023 is also possible. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is located within a new (Fall 2019), state-of-the-art research facility, the Physics and Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science (PAÍS) building.

Job Description

The postdoctoral researcher will work in close collaboration with Prof. Dragomir on light curves from TESS and ground-based observations to search for transit signals, validate transiting planet candidates, select candidates for radial velocity follow-up, and measure their radius and orbital properties. Applicants interested in discovering intermediate- and long-period planets and studying the demographics of this population are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in departmental research activities, including attending seminars and working with graduate and undergraduate students. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field, at the time of hire. Compensation will be commensurate with experience but will be no less than $55,000 and will include benefits. It may also include an allocation for relocation expenses. For best consideration, applications should be received by December 31, 2022.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in experimental physics at the time of hire
  • Experience with standard astronomical data analysis packages (preferably in Python)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with optical and/or infrared astronomy observations
  • Expertise in high precision photometry from ground and space observations, light curve analysis and modeling
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

Applicants must submit an application through UNM Jobs at (posting number req22295).  A complete application consists of a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications; a cover letter; a statement of research interests and accomplishments, no more than three pages in length; and the contact information for three references (including email address and telephone number) willing to submit letters of recommendation for the applicant.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Diana Dragomir ([email protected]). This position is for one year, with renewal up to three years. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration submit applications by December 31, 2022.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.  Qualified women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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