Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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0404-Steward Observatory


College of Science

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Letter of Interest Statement of Research and Teaching Interests Curriculum Vitae

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Applicants will complete the on line application process at, job# 51476. Candidates will need to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae with an attached list of publications, and a brief statement of relevant research experience. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2013. Letters of references will be requested from top-ranked applicants only.

Position Summary

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the field of exoplanet and brown dwarf atmosphere studies. The successful applicant will work with Professor Daniel Apai to characterize ultracool atmospheres as a member of the Spitzer Exploration Science program "Extrasolar Storms: The Physics and Chemistry of Evolving Cloud Structures in Brown Dwarf Atmospheres". This project uses coordinated, time-resolved Spitzer photometry and HST near-infrared spectroscopy to explore the evolution of cloud features and storms on cool brown dwarfs. Connecting projects on the phase mapping of rotating extrasolar planets are also foreseen. Dr Apai's group is involved in studies of protoplanetary disks, exoplanet searches, and the characterization of ultracool atmospheres. The position will begin in Summer 2013. Facilities accessible at the University of Arizona include the 2 x 8.4m Large Binocular Telescope, the 6.5m MMT, the twin 6.5m Magellan telescopes, the 10m Heinrich-Hertz Submillimeter Telescope, the Kitt Peak 12m mm-wave Telescope, the 2.3m Bok and 1.5m Kuiper telescopes, and the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope. The successful applicant must have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree prior to arrival. Expertise in infrared spectroscopy, HST and Spitzer data reduction, high-contrast imaging or planetary transits, or planetary atmospheres is an advantage. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible extension for a third year, pending on funding and satisfactory performance. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! For details visit:

Duties and Responsibilities

See position summary. *Additional duties as assigned.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D in Astronomy or related Science
Preferred Qualifications

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check

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