Postdoctoral Research Position


Postdoctoral Research Position

CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON Department of Terrestrial Magnetism 5241 Broad Branch Rd., N.W. Washington, DC 20015 USA

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship jointly funded by the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The successful applicant will work with Paul Butler and collaborators on the Anglo-Australian and Magellan Extrasolar Planet Search Programs. The appointee will also be free to pursue his or her own independent research on the Carnegie duPont (2.5-m) and Swope (1-m) telescopes at Las Campanas, as well as collaborate with Carnegie and other researchers.

Applicants must have a PhD in astronomy or closely related field. Experience with acquisition and analysis of high-resolution spectroscopic data and familiarity with IDL would be advantageous.

The astrophysical research interests at DTM are focused on extrasolar planet detection and characterization, solar system formation, and planet and star formation and evolution. Theoretical, experimental, and observational interests are represented on the staff, which includes Conel Alexander, Alan Boss, John Chambers, John Graham, Larry Nittler, Vera Rubin, Sara Seager, Sean Solomon, Alycia Weinberger, and George Wetherill. Information on current research may be found at:

Computing facilities include a network of Alpha and Sun SPARC stations, with software to support sophisticated photometric and spectroscopic reductions. We solicit applications from minorities and women. Carnegie is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a description of thesis research, list of publications, and a short (2 - 3 page) statement of research plans. Completed applications, plus three letters of recommendation to be sent to us directly by those familiar with your work, are due 15 December 2003.