B612 Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Astrodynamics

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Astronomy
Country: USA
Contact Person: Danica Remy
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: B612 / University of Washington
Application Due Date: Tuesday, January 31 2017
Web Link: http://www.b612foundation.org

B612 is a nonprofit institution dedicated to protecting the Earth from major asteroid impacts.

Position Summary:

B612 is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on orbital dynamics problems related to Planetary Defense from asteroid impacts on Earth. The fellow is expected to conduct original research in collaboration with B612 and University of Washington researchers.  Areas of research could include asteroid deflection scenarios and mission planning, the evolution of  individual asteroid impact probabilities, implications of near term asteroid discovery improvements on the catalog of known asteroid risks and the distribution of asteroid deflection cases, as well as other topics in Planetary Defense.  The applicant is expected to be based in either Silicon Valley or Seattle.  The position will collaborate closely with University of Washington faculty and members of the LSST team.

Examples of Responsibilities:  

  • Travel & present research results at professional conferences.
  • Collaborate with professional scientists.
  • Publish papers in peer-reviewed planetary science journals.
  • Write and assist with the writing of research proposals to external sponsors.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned PhD or equivalent in Astronomy, Planetary Science, or appropriate related field from an accredited research institution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior research experience in dynamical astronomy or orbital dynamics
  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed literature


The applicant should enclose a short summary of research interests and description of proposed areas of research during the Fellowship.  Include a CV, and three references.

The deadline for applications January 31, 2017


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