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Postdoctoral Researcher - Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds
Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Illinois
 
 
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Date Posted 10/21/2021
Category
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Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for one or more Postdoctoral Researcher positions. Successful applicants will work with CEHW faculty on theoretical, observational, and/or instrumentation projects. Examples of potential projects include investigating the dynamics, formation and/or habitability of planetary systems; using radio interferometry to study the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of protoplanetary disks; developing and applying algorithms and techniques for distinguishing the Doppler and photometric signatures of planets from stellar variability; and contributing to planet surveys such as those to be conducted by the Habitable Zone Planet Finder on the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, planet surveys and sun-as-a-star observations with NEID on the WIYN 3.5m telescope, and high precision photometric followup with diffuser assisted photometry on the ARC 3.5m telescope.

The successful applicant will contribute to a team of students and Ph.D. researchers, have opportunities to pursue independent research, and contribute to the vibrant scientific and public outreach efforts of the department. The successful applicant will have access to a variety of resources and collaborations available in CEHW, which includes faculty from the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Geophysics and is part of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Science and Technology. We welcome applications proposing connections to our sister centers, Penn State's Astrobiology Research Center, Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center, and Planetary System Science Center. More information about available resources may be found on the CEHW and Department of Astronomy websites. 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related field prior to the start date. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, statement of research interests, a CV, and a list of publications. Applicants must also arrange for PDF letters of reference to be uploaded to https://exoplanets.psu.edu/upload-letters/ . Questions regarding the application process can be directed to astro-jobs@psu.edu. Please reference the job number in the email subject line.

The position start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until all positions are filled. Applications received by November 30, 2021 will receive full consideration. This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal for a total of three years.

Information regarding benefits may be found at https://www.research.psu.edu/opa/benefits .

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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University Park, PA

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:


  • CURRENT PENN STATE EMPLOYEE (faculty, staff, technical service, or student), please login to Workday to complete the internal application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • CURRENT PENN STATE STUDENT (not employed previously at the university) and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application process . Please do not apply here, apply internally through Workday.


  • If you are NOT a current employee or student, please click “Apply” and complete the application process for external applicants .

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for one or more Postdoctoral Researcher positions. Successful applicants will work with CEHW faculty on theoretical, observational, and/or instrumentation projects. Examples of potential projects include investigating the dynamics, formation and/or habitability of planetary systems; using radio interferometry to study the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of protoplanetary disks; developing and applying algorithms and techniques for distinguishing the Doppler and photometric signatures of planets from stellar variability; and contributing to planet surveys such as those to be conducted by the Habitable Zone Planet Finder on the 10m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, planet surveys and sun-as-a-star observations with NEID on the WIYN 3.5m telescope, and high precision photometric followup with diffuser assisted photometry on the ARC 3.5m telescope.

The successful applicant will contribute to a team of students and Ph.D. researchers, have opportunities to pursue independent research, and contribute to the vibrant scientific and public outreach efforts of the department. The successful applicant will have access to a variety of resources and collaborations available in CEHW, which includes faculty from the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Geophysics and is part of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Science and Technology. We welcome applications proposing connections to our sister centers, Penn State's Astrobiology Research Center, Extraterrestrial Intelligence Center, and Planetary System Science Center. More information about available resources may be found on the CEHW and Department of Astronomy websites. 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related field prior to the start date. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, statement of research interests, a CV, and a list of publications. Applicants must also arrange for PDF letters of reference to be uploaded to https://exoplanets.psu.edu/upload-letters/ . Questions regarding the application process can be directed to astro-jobs@psu.edu. Please reference the job number in the email subject line.

The position start date is flexible. Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until all positions are filled. Applications received by November 30, 2021 will receive full consideration. This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of renewal for a total of three years.

Information regarding benefits may be found at https://www.research.psu.edu/opa/benefits .

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here .

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

EEO is the Law

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

Affirmative Action

Penn State Policies

Copyright Information

Hotlines

University Park, PA

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