Exoplanet Archive Scientist

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
City: Pasadena
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Rachel Akeson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Caltech
Application Due Date: Sunday, November 01 2015
Web Link: https://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/3688

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI, http://nexsci.caltech.edu/) is the science operations and analysis center for NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program. NExScI provides tools and archives for the exoplanet community, administers the Sagan program of fellowships and workshops, and supports the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer and administration of the NASA Keck telescope time. One of these archives is the NASA Exoplanet Archive which collects and serves public data to support the search for and characterization of exoplanets and their host stars and provides tools to work with these data. The current contents include extensive literature data on confirmed planets and ground-based transit surveys such as SuperWASP and KELT. Additionally, the Exoplanet Archive is the mission archive for Kepler pipeline data products, including the planet candidate list. The Exoplanet Archive also provides the infrastructure for CFOP (Kepler Community Follow-up Observing Program) and ExoFOP (Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program), websites that facilitate follow-up observations of Kepler and K2 targets. Over the next few years, ExoFOP will be expanded to support additional community efforts on targets for the K2 microlensing campaign, TESS, the NASA/NSF-Explore initiative, and potential WFIRST exoplanet imaging and microlensing targets.

The scientist will participate in the development, maintenance and expansion of datasets and tools within the Exoplanet Archive and ExoFOP. The job responsibilities include working closely with other scientists and developers within the group to identify relevant data for inclusion in the archive, defining and assisting in the development of tools for working with exoplanet data, assisting in the maintenance of current data and tools and interfacing with the exoplanet community. In addition, the scientist will be expected to conduct an independent research program in exoplanet science.

See https://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/3688 for requirements and application process.