The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI; http://nexsci.caltech.edu) at the California Institute of Technology has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on ExoFOP-TESS. The ExoFOP-TESS website (https://exofop.ipac.caltech.edu/tess/) is a service to help the community organize and share observations, data, and information regarding the follow-up observations of planetary candidates discovered by the recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
The Postdoctoral Scholar will participate scientifically in the TESS Follow-Up Observation Program (TFOP; https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/ground_based_followup.html). As part of those duties, the Postdoctoral Scholar will work with the NExScI staff to assist with the community use of the ExoFOP services and to help coordinate the community interaction with the TFOP Working Group.
NExScI is part of IPAC, which is a research center currently supporting several space- and ground-based observatories and surveys including Spitzer, NEOWISE, ZTF, and LSST. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have access to telescopes on Palomar and other observing facilities, and be part of the vibrant research environment of Pasadena, CA.
The Postdoctoral Scholar will participate in the TFOP Working Group (TFOP WG) helping to coordinate and facilitate communication between the TFOP WG, the community, and the ExoFOP-TESS team at NExScI. As part of this effort, the candidate will participate in the TFOP scientific activities related to the TESS exoplanet candidate follow-up and characterization program. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also be expected to pursue a scientific program related to the TESS exoplanet candidate follow-up and characterization or other exoplanet research.
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or a related scientific field.
Experience in observational astronomy – particularly related to the follow-up of exoplanets.
Strong communication skills, and the ability to work well with others on a small team.
To apply, please send CV, publication list, statement of research, and the names and contact information of three references to Mary Ellen Barba (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 31 August 2018.
Preference will be given to candidates who can start by 01 December 2018.
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