Postdoctoral Associate: Extrasolar Planets and their Host Stars, Division of Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

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Publish Date: 
Friday, April 16, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2021
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Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Large Academic
New York University Abu Dhabi
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Division of Science
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P.O Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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Postdoctoral Associate: Extrasolar Planets and their Host Stars
Division of Science
NYU Abu Dhabi

Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the areas of theoretical extrasolar and solar system planets at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) with Prof. Ian Dobbs-Dixon. Areas associated with planetary atmospheres, planetary formation, interior evolution, gravitational dynamics, stellar interactions, and Martian processes align with ongoing research at NYUAD, but other areas of interest are also encouraged. Positions are for 2+1 years and include competitive salaries and generous benefits.

Researchers will be expected to bring experience and expertise in areas such as hydrodynamics, radiative transfer, atmospheric chemistry, planetary structure, n-body calculations, retrieval calculations, interior convection, or aeronomy. Astrophysical research at NYUAD spans a wide range of topics, including astroparticle studies, stellar and planetary physics, compact objects, and cosmological simulations, allowing researchers to interact with a wide swath of topics. In parallel to the academic departments at NYUAD, multiple Institute Programs serve to significantly enhance research activities, including the Center for Space Science (CSS) and the Center for Astro Particle and Planetary Physics (CAP3). Overall all, more than 30 postdoctoral researchers are involved with astrophysics, providing a rich environment for research.

Research at NYUAD into planetary physics is heavily supported at both the institutional and national levels. Locally, NYUAD has access to significant on-campus computational resources, including a medium-sized Linux cluster called Dalma consisting of more than 12,000 computing cores and a peak performance of approx. 400 TFLOPS. Researchers have full access to this. Nationally, the commitment to Space Science has increased exponentially, culminating most recently in the successful insertion of the Al Amal Spacecraft into the Martian atmosphere. The next years will see a flood of data from the probe, for which better theoretical models are needed. Overall, the commitment to planetary science at NYUAD and within the UAE promises to spur significant advancements, allow for scientific innovation, and provide future opportunities.

Interested applicants would join the NYUAD Planetary Science Group, working directly with Prof. Ian Dobbs-Dixon. Applicants are required to have a PhD in Astrophysics or related field. Applications require a curriculum vitae (including a full publication list), a succinct (3 pages) statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation. In the research statement, please highlight how your research integrates or enhances ongoing research at NYUAD. Please visit for instructions and information on how to apply. Any questions can be directed to

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children. Applications will be accepted immediately and consideration of candidates will commence on April 15th 2021, and continue until suitable candidates are found.

About NYUAD:
NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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