Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Science and Exoplanets

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
City: Riverside
State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Contact Person: Stephen Kane
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of California, Riverside
Application Due Date: Friday, December 17 2021
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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in planetary science and exoplanets at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). The successful applicant will work in the Planetary Research Laboratory, led by Dr. Stephen Kane. The primary research activities cover a broad range of exoplanet, planetary science, and astrobiology topics, including exoplanet detection and characterization, Venus (both intrinsically and as an exoplanet analog), orbital dynamics, atmospheres and climate, and planetary habitability. Typical data sources are Kepler, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), Keck, the Automated Planet Finder (APF), MINERVA-Australis, and various Planetary Data System (PDS) mission archives. The group is also a member of the DAVINCI+ mission, a selected NASA mission to study the Venusian atmosphere. The Postdoctoral Scholar will primarily work on Venus science, Solar System exoplanet analogs, and climate simulations.

Candidates must hold a PhD in astronomy, physics, planetary sciences, geology or related field before their start date. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in Venus, climate modeling, and/or atmospheric characterization of terrestrial exoplanets. The position is for two years with expected renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory research performance. The salary is competitive, and health benefits are provided.

Applicants are requested to submit via email a single PDF file containing a current CV, list of publications, and statement of research interests. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted, also via email. Complete applications are due by December 17, 2021. E-mail inquiries and application materials should be addressed to: [email protected].

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