Postdoctoral Associate in Exoplanet Atmospheres

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Astronomy
City: College Park
State/Province: MD
Category: ,
Country: USA
Contact Person: Thaddeus Komacek
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Maryland
Application Due Date: Friday, March 17 2023
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​The University of Maryland Department of Astronomy invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in the study of exoplanet atmospheres. The postdoctoral associate would work with Assistant Professor Thaddeus Komacek on projects focused on developing three-dimensional atmospheric circulation models of exoplanets and applying them to interpret observations.  The successful applicant would have the opportunity to work on projects including but not limited to studying the radiative feedback due to mineral clouds on the atmospheric dynamics of hot and ultra-hot Jupiters, the influence of magnetic fields on their thermal structure and deep dynamics, and the coupling of interior evolution models to atmospheric circulation models. Prior experience with general circulation models and familiarity with observational characterization of exoplanets is preferred. The candidate must have a Ph.D in astronomy, planetary science, geophysics, or a related field by the start date of the position. 

The appointment will be for two years, with continuation for one more year contingent on performance and the availability of funding. The expected start date is Fall 2023, and is negotiable. Along with salary and benefits, the appointment will include limited allowances for travel and moving expenses. 

To apply, please submit an online application. The requested materials include a full CV with a list of publications along with a brief (2 pages of text) description of research interests. Please also arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be sent via the same application form. All materials should be received by March 17, 2023. Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. 

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.