The Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute is seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher work at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA, on high spectral resolution mid-infrared molecular line surveys observed with the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES) instrument aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). High-resolution molecular line surveys provide a chemical inventory for star-forming regions – essential for establishing the relative importance of potential chemical networks, understanding organic chemistry associated with star formation, and providing constraints on the supply pathways of key organic molecules in Earth-like planet formation. These SOFIA observations will be combined with archival ALMA and Herschel observations, which will inform new observations with future missions, such as the James Webb Space Telescope.
The postdoctoral researcher will primarily work with Dr. Naseem Rangwala at NASA ARC, but will also interact with the larger astrochemistry group and the SOFIA Science Center. The astrochemistry group is organizationally located in the Astrophysics Branch within the Space Sciences and Astrobiology Division at NASA ARC (see https://www.nasa.gov/content/space-science-and-astrobiology-ames). For any technical questions regarding the project, please contact the Principal Investigator – Dr. Naseem Rangwala (email@example.com).The post doctoral researcher will primarily work on SOFIA, Herschel and ALMA observations, but will have the opportunity to pursue independent research as well.
This is a 2-year position, but could be extended to 3 years or more, depending on available funding, with the possibility of applying for a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship with the same research group.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Analysis of the SOFIA/EXES spectroscopic observations of hot cores/protostars
- Modeling molecular and atomic lines
- Making comparisons between the observations and current astrochemistry models
- Combining these observations with (sub)mm/FIR archival line surveys from ALMA and Herschel
- Writing software for line identification and line fitting
Minimum Qualifications: PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics.
Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with mid-infrared spectroscopy, sub-millimeter/radio observations (e.g., ALMA), radiative transfer modeling, and astrochemistry theory/models.
Salary: $70,000 - $75,000, depending on experience (relocation reimbursement up to $3,000 will also be provided).
Citizenship Requirement: Must be a U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or Foreign National eligible for either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.
How to Apply: Submit a CV/resume, one-page research statement, list of publications, and three letters of reference to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application packages must be received by no later than Feb 15, 2019.
Desired start date: May 1, 2019 (negotiable)
Additional Details: BAER Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability that requires accommodation, please contact Donna Turnley at email@example.com.