The exoplanet microlensing group at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center expects to hire one or possibly two postdoctoral researchers in 2021. The starting date and work arrangements will be flexible to accomidate issues related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Goddard exoplanet microlensing group is involved in a variety of research efforts. These include the current MOA ground-based microlensing survey, the future PRIME infrared microlensing survey, high angular resolution follow-up observations with the Keck and Hubble Space Telescopes, and the development of photometry, astrometry, and light curve modeling methods for the Galactic Exoplanet Survey of the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (formerly WIFRST). The high angular resolution follow-up program provides host star mass measurements and help to develop the primary mass measurement method for the Roman Galactic Exoplanet Survey. A major focus of the light curve modeling and high angular resolution follow-up programs is the statistical analysis of wide orbit planet demographics. The new postdoc will be expected to contribute to at least one of these efforts, but this will depend on her or his interests and expertise.
The postdoc would work at NASA Goddard (when pandemic conditions allow) but would be paid through the University of Maryland. Applications should include a CV, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests. These and letters of recomendation from 3 scientists should be sent by email to David Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The review of applications will begin in November, but applications that are complete by December 15, 2020, will receive full consideration.
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