Postdoctoral Research Position – High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Exoplanet Atmospheres

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 28, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 23, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan, to start in Fall 2023. It is anticipated that this appointment will be renewed annually for two years, with the possible extension for a third year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be $55,000/yr or higher, depending on the successful candidate’s previous experience, plus benefits.
The successful candidate will work with Prof. Emily Rauscher ( to lead an observational program on multi-phase observations of ultra-hot Jupiters with high-resolution emission spectroscopy. This project will involve proposing for, acquiring, and analyzing high-resolution spectra as part of an established collaboration. Many of the tools needed for data analysis are already available within the collaboration, including 3D models and their simulated spectra for comparison to the data.
Applicants should have previous experience in observations of exoplanet atmospheres, high-resolution (cross-correlation) spectroscopy, complex data analysis, and/or related skills. We are looking for someone with demonstrated experience in, or good potential for, managing large observational programs. Our collaboration is friendly and supportive; applicants should have strong collaborative skills and want to contribute to our group’s positive climate. We work to improve the equity and inclusion within our group and department ( and encourage applications from folks with historically marginalized identities.
The postdoc in this position will have access to departmental telescope and computing facilities ( and interdisciplinary research collaborations (e.g. The University of Michigan is recognized as a top academic employer and Ann Arbor, Michigan is routinely recognized for its high quality of life. Information about working as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan can be found here:
All materials should be received by December 19 for full consideration. Applicants must have a PhD or expect to receive one before the start date. To apply please email Emily Rauscher ([email protected]) a single PDF containing:
* a cover letter,
* a brief description of research interests and experience (no more than 3 pages),
* a CV, including a list of publications.
Three letters of reference must also be sent to the same address.
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Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 19, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Prof. Emily Rauscher