Postdoc position in exoplanets

Current state: Review
Department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
City: Baton Rouge
State/Province: LA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Tabetha Boyajian
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Louisiana State University
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 05 2023
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Applicants are sought for a postdoctoral researcher position at Louisiana State University to work in the area of exoplanets/time-domain astronomy. The researcher will work within Professor Tabby Boyajian’s group on designing a science program for LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research).  LUSTER will use a small (~15-cm) imaging telescope attached to an upcoming lunar lander to provide near-continuous monitoring of transiting exoplanet host stars to perform transmission spectroscopy at near-UV wavelengths. 

Responsibilities: Generate the science requirements and flow-down, including a Science & Mission Traceability Matrix and other supporting analyses that enable the LUSTER (LUnar-based Survey for Time-domain Exoplanet Research) investigation; create a scientific target list and an observing plan according to potential mission launch dates and durations that are available in the launch timeframe;provide estimates of the data volume for determining in-space data processing, data storage and telemetry needs, and suitable data products; assist in the analysis of component test data, especially detector testing that will help define the data pipeline processing requirements and design (80%). The researcher will write up their work for publication in journals, present their work at conferences and collaboration meetings, and assist the preparation of proposals.  Additional duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students (20%).

Assistant Professor Position in Computational Mathematics and Physics

Current state: Review
Department: Department of Physics and Department of Mathematics
City: New York
State/Province: NY
Category: ,
Country: USA
Contact Person: Michael Blanton
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: New York University
Application Due Date: Monday, November 27 2023
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New York University seeks applicants for two faculty positions in computational mathematics and physics, each of which will be a 50/50 joint appointment between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics. These are the first appointments in a larger, multi-year Integrated Science Initiative that will build on NYU’s collaborative culture by recruiting faculty whose research makes explicit connections between departments and promises synergistic advances in fields ripe for cross-boundary breakthroughs. Within the Physics Department, we anticipate that one of the new faculty members will join the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics (CCPP) and the other will join the Center for Soft Matter Research (CSMR).

The Department of Mathematics, part of the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, has a long and distinguished history in both pure and applied mathematics, with an impressive record of accomplishments in applications to Physics. Both CCPP and CSMR are leading research centers in their respective fields, and include faculty who already are collaborating with members of the Courant Institute. The CCPP currently has eighteen faculty members who work in astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. Through this new faculty position, we wish to substantially broaden the research being done in CCPP to include geophysics, geochemistry, geobiology, planetary, and/or exoplanetary science using cutting-edge computational and mathematical techniques, to support future anticipated growth in these areas. CSMR currently has ten faculty members pursuing research at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology and engineering, using laboratory, theoretical, and computational tools. By hiring in the overlaps between Courant, CCPP, and CSMR we seek to build programs in cross-disciplinary research areas such as climate change, the origin of life, or other fields.

Full information is available at the web link provided.

Life Detection Scientist

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Current state: Review
Department: Astrochemistry Laboratory
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Dr. Natasha M. Johnson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Wednesday, May 17 2023
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The Astrochemistry Laboratory of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a full-time research scientist specializing in life detection science who would work to connect theories of life and biological search patterns to measurable parameters and contribute to future mission concepts. The successful candidate will work closely with life detection instrument technology developers to conceive of measurement approaches that are well connected to fundamental, robust theories or models of biology and life signatures. This research position entails developing productive collaborative relationships, leading ground-breaking research, and providing input into future mission/instrument design. This is a GS-13/14 level civil servant position located at NASA-Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland near Washington, DC. As a government position, individuals must have US citizenship at time of application.

A full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, will be posted on May 4 and remain open for two weeks. The period that the announcement is open is due to the type of hiring authority and not a reflection of the openness of the position.

Tenure-Track Planetary Science Faculty Position at Hampton University

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
City: Hampton
State/Province: Virginia
Country: United States
Contact Person: Robert Loughman
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Hampton University
Application Due Date: Monday, May 15 2023
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Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Science Faculty Position



The Hampton University (HU) Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) invites nominations and applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Science, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2023.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution. HU established the Center for Atmospheric Science (CAS) in 1996, which led to creation of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences in 2007.  APS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Atmospheric Science and Planetary Science. This program has established a reputation of excellence in education, outreach and research, with particular emphasis on satellite applications for atmospheric studies.

Duties and Responsibilities


The successful candidate will continue and advance the groundbreaking work of CAS and APS. This work includes building a portfolio of externally funded, high-profile research in the field of atmospheric science and recruiting, supporting, and advising masters and doctoral students. The successful candidates will also teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Objectives of the APS department include continuation of research excellence at HU in atmospheric and planetary science, expanded capacity for research, and growth in enrollment in the graduate program.


A Ph.D. in Planetary Science or a related field is required.  The successful applicant will sustain existing programs and enable future strategic growth of the department in the following area:

Satellite-based remote sensing of planetary atmospheres and/or surfaces (including Earth), with demonstrated capability and commitment to developing new satellite instruments, planetary missions, and data analysis techniques.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and accomplishments in the field.   


How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a Hampton University Application for Employment for faculty, a letter outlining the candidate’s commitment to teaching, professional and scholarly work; a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation on company letterhead. Applications may be submitted electronically to [email protected] (with “APS faculty search” in the subject line), or mailed to:

Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Search Committee

Attn: Dr. Robert Loughman

Center for Atmospheric Sciences

154 William R. Harvey Way

Hampton University

Hampton VA 23668.  

Application Deadline: 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Selection Deadline: 

Friday, June 30, 2023

Planetary Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: 695/ Planetary Magnetospheres
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: Maryland
Country: USA
Contact Person: O J Tucker
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Thursday, March 16 2023
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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a Planetary Scientist, in areas including particles & fields, exospheres, dust, radiation, and/or plasma surface interactions of Solar System bodies. The successful candidate will lead lab, modeling, and/or instrument development projects to collaborate in existing areas of expertise and seek opportunities to develop flight instruments & missions.


This job is open to U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Our job announcement will be open  03/10/2023 to 03/16/2023.

PhD Studentships

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Institute for Astronomy
City: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland/United Kingdom
Contact Person: PG Research Physics
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Application Due Date: Sunday, January 08 2023
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We offer PhD projects on topics ranging from cosmology, galaxy formation, exoplanets, and the solar system; using observational, theoretical, and computational methods. On our project webpages, you can find descriptions of all projects on offer as well as videos from the PhD supervisors.

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is one of three major components of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, located at the historic and beautiful Royal Observatory Edinburgh site on Blackford Hill.

Each year the IfA admits a new cohort of ~10 PhD students from around the UK and the world. We are now accepting applications for admission in September 2023. The IfA is committed to advancing equality and diversity, welcoming applications from everyone irrespective of gender, age, (dis)ability, race, nationality, carer status, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. Our aim is to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for our places.

To apply, you will submit a 1-page anonymous form where you briefly share information about your research experience and academic preparation. Details on how to apply are given in detail here:

In order for your application to be given full consideration for one of our funded places, it should be received by the deadline of 8th January 2023.

Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Orbital Debris Research and Science Operations
City: Houston
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Contact Person: Alyssa Manis
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Jacobs
Application Due Date: Saturday, April 01 2023
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Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!     

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States. 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist to join our team with the Science & Exploration Division.

The Orbital Debris Modeling Scientist will:​

  • Develop, document, maintain, and operate computer models and databases of the orbital debris environment
  • Provide data analysis for measurement data in direct support of orbital debris/space object engineering models
  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) customers
  • Present work products to customers and counterparts (written & verbal)
  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings
  • Perform other duties as required

Requisition Qualifications:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate’s experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • A BS degree is required
  • Experience with orbital mechanics
  • Experience developing and implementing mathematical orbital modeling methods and algorithms, including developing empirical models
  • Experience with high-level programming and analysis languages, such as FORTRAN, MATLAB, and/or Python
  • Experience developing, verifying, and validating computer models​

Requisition Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD degree in astronomy, planetary sciences, aerospace engineering, or other related field from an accredited school
  • Experience with orbital mechanics in near-Earth or other environments
  • Experience with large-scale orbital evolution simulations, including Monte Carlo simulation
  • Experience analyzing orbital debris measurement data
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data reduction
  • Experience with software development and maintenance, including code testing and optimization
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstration of strong communication skills
  • Demonstration of creativity, conception, vision, and personal initiative​ 

Postdoctoral researcher

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of Physics
City: Helsinki
Country: Finland
Contact Person: Anne Virkki
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Helsinki
Application Due Date: Wednesday, October 19 2022
Web Link:

The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is now seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to the planetary science research group starting from February 2023 for a fixed-term employment for three years. The postdoctoral researcher will work in a research project entitled Asteroids in the Deep: Characterisation of Sub-Surface of Near-Earth Asteroids the Moon and Mercury using radar observations. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in radar-observation analysis and the development of numerical models to study radar scattering processes in planetary regoliths. The postdoctoral researcher is also expected to participate in teaching and supervision duties at the Department of Physics, with a possibility to enroll in official pedagogical training programs. Previous experience in numerical modeling of electromagnetic scattering or related processes and programming skills using Python and/or Fortran are required. Experience with radar data analysis is preferred but not a requirement.

Postdoctoral Fellow–Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

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Current state: Approved
Department: Earth & Planets Lab
City: Washington
State/Province: District of Columbia
Category: ,
Country: United States
Contact Person: Peter Driscoll
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Carnegie Institution for Science
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 01 2022
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Postdoctoral Fellow–Numerical Modeling of Thermo-chemical Convection in Earth’s Core and Implications for Geodynamo Evolution

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory
Location: Washington, D.C.
To Apply: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory | Carnegie Science Careers

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate numerical modeling of thermo-chemical convection in Earth’s core and implications for geodynamo evolution. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The position is part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program to incorporate thermo-chemical convection to an existing numerical dynamo model (Rayleigh). The larger motivation is to investigate how two coupled buoyancy fields interact in rotating convection, and how they may have contributed to the evolution of Earth’s magnetic field.

Modeling thermo-chemical rotating convection is a complex dynamic process that involves two buoyancy fields with different diffusivities. The fields can be coupled by their boundary conditions, which is expected to produce new dynamical feedbacks between the fields that will influence the flow and magnetic field generation. The candidate will assist in the development of the 3D dynamo code (Rayleigh) in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL) and Cian Wilson (EPL). Collaboration with other members of the Rayleigh development team working on related topics is also anticipated. The candidate will have access to Carnegie’s high performance computational facilities.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with Fortran and/or python.

Desired qualifications: Familiarity with numerical modeling of rotating convection is desirable, and experience with spectral or pseudo-spectral numerical modeling software is a bonus.

The application deadline is December 1, 2022. The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate of Exoplanets and/or Mars

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Department of the Geophysical Sciences
City: Chicago
State/Province: IL
Country: United States
Contact Person: Edwin Kite
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Chicago
Application Due Date: Monday, July 04 2022
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The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago seeks to hire a

postdoctoral scholar to support investigations of the habitability of exoplanets and/or Mars

through modeling of planetary atmosphere evolution and climate. The successful candidate

will work with Associate Professor Edwin Kite ( to construct new models for

planetary atmosphere evolution and modify and run existing models of planetary climate.

Candidates should have a background in Planetary Science, Earth Science, or Astrophysics, and

have experience working with models including radiative transfer and/or planetary climate. An

early start date is preferred, however this is negotiable with the successful candidate.

The University of Chicago hosts a vibrant planets and exoplanets research program, with particular

emphasis on terrestrial and sub-Neptune exoplanets:


Application materials should be received by July 4 for full consideration. Applicants should send

a CV, a brief description of research interests and experience, and a list of publications as a single

PDF file to [email protected]. Applicants should also arrange to have two letters of reference

sent to this email address. Please direct informal inquiries about this post to Edwin Kite

([email protected]).

Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, and comes

with a competitive salary and generous benefits.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the

highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of

individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and

exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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