Postdoctoral Researcher in Exoplanets and their Host Stars

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Michigan
Department Name: 
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 Fall 2020. The position will be appointed for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, contingent on positive yearly progress evaluations and the availability of funding.

The postdoc will work to develop a new program at the University of Michigan in high-energy characterization of exoplanet host stars and their effects on their planetary systems. This program will involve both observational and theoretical work. Any expertise related to the goals of the program will be considered.  Candidates will be evaluated on (1) experience with observational techniques, (2) science related to high energy effects of stellar radiation on planet formation and evolution, and (3) commitment to fostering an inclusive research environment.

In this position, the postdoc will have significant freedom to develop and start new projects with the resources available at University of Michigan. This includes institutional access to the twin Magellan 6.5-m telescopes in Chile, the MDM 1.3-m and 2.4-m telescopes on Kitt Peak, the Swift X-ray observatory, the NOEMA millimeter array, and the university’s newly upgraded high-performance computing facilities (~13,000 cores). For more information, see

The University of Michigan hosts a vibrant astrophysics research community within the Astronomy and Physics Departments, as well as significant expertise in planetary sciences within the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Climate & Space Sciences Departments. The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics funds cross-disciplinary efforts, including a series of intellectually stimulating conferences. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from people holding any identity(ies) that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of astronomy. The Department of Astronomy values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is dedicated to self-education and self-improvement in these areas. Please see the Astro-DEI website for more details on actions and events:

All materials should be received by January 15 for full consideration. Applicants must have a PhD, or expect to receive one before their start date. To apply please go to and submit the following application materials:

* A cover letter that summarizes the candidate's experience in the evaluation criteria (1, 2, and 3, above), no more than 1.5 pages

* CV, including a list of publications,

* A brief description of research interests and experience (no more than 3 pages).

Three letters of reference must be emailed directly to with the job candidate's name in the subject line. 

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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