The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar of Extrasolar Planets (Search Number 16246)
PROFILE of the UNIVERSITY
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of approximately 29,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. UNLV is rated among the most diverse universities in the world and offers a broad range of respected academic programs. Situated within a vibrant metropolitan area of nearly 2 million people, the 332-acre main campus is within driving distance of over a dozen national parks and several national monuments, recreation areas, and state parks. The Las Vegas area also has some reputation for food and entertainment. For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu
ROLE of the POSITION
The postdoctoral scholar will work in the field of exoplanets with Prof. Jason Steffen at UNLV on projects relevant to existing and planned transit surveys (e.g., Kepler, K2, and TESS). These projects may include, but are not limited to, the characterization of exoplanet systems and their architectures, dynamical modeling, exploring formation mechanisms, and synthesizing and analyzing exoplanet data from a variety of sources. The successful applicant will also have time to pursue their own research interests.
UNLV has an active astrophysics research group, housed in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with research interests that include exoplanets and planet formation, high energy astrophysics, accretion discs, gamma ray bursts, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and laboratory astrophysics. Researchers have access to UNLV’s 200Gb/s dedicated research network and the new 26,000-core Cherry Creek super computer, which is among the fastest and most energy efficient computers in the world.
This position requires a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university.
Salary competitive with those at similarly situated institutions. Position is for up to three years, contingent upon funding and yearly evaluations.
Submit a letter of interest, a CV with bibliography, a brief (1-3 pages) statement of research history and interests, and three letters of recommendation.
Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on December 15, 2016. Materials should be addressed to Jason Steffen, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted via on-line application at https://hrsearch.unlv.edu For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or [email protected]