Postdoctoral Research Scientist focused on Brown Dwarf and Exoplanet Atmosphere Retrievals

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019
Archive Date: 
Friday, November 29, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
American Museum of Natural History
Department Name: 
New York
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Brown Dwarfs in New York City research group (BDNYC, is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist for a 2-year appointment (with potential for a third year or other flexibility, see details below). BDNYC is a research group based at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY. The group has institutional access to the South African Large Telescope and high performance computing resources.


The ideal candidate has experience with observational and/or theoretical studies of low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and/or giant exoplanets. The scientific scope of the project will relate to atmospheric retrievals, or spectral inversion techniques, of brown dwarfs and directly imaged exoplanets. Prior knowledge of such methods or relevant retrieval codes are highly encouraged, but not required. The BDNYC hosts a database of brown dwarf and exoplanet observations along with their derived properties, including a library of objects observed through the citizen science project called “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9”. The postdoctoral fellow will be fully integrated into the BDNYC research group as a senior member and will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, as well as invited into the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 collaboration.

Applications should conform to the AAS Postdoctoral Applications Guidelines. In addition to a CV, a research statement (3 pages max), and list of references, please also include a brief cover letter (2 pages max) describing your interest in this particular position at AMNH with BDNYC. Please email the application materials as a single PDF to Jackie Faherty ( with the subject line “BDNYC AMNH Postdoctoral Application”.


Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Jacqueline Faherty
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