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Job Title:
Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)-1330, Grade 11; $74,129 - $96,363 per year
Type of Position:
Trust Fund (non-federal) Temporary Not To Exceed One Year with possibility of extension for additional 2 years. The nominal start date is August 1, 2023
Job Location:
Cambridge, MA
Posting Opening Date:
Posting Closing Date:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   This position is open to all qualified candidates.

Note:   First consideration may be made 14 days of the opening of this vacancy.


This is a position of Astrophysicist (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow) in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division.  The purpose of this position is to work on observational and modeling research related to the detection and characterization of exoplanets and their atmospheres.


1. Conduct a program of research and scholarship in the area of the detection and characterization of exoplanets and their atmospheres under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator.
2. Formulate and conduct original programs of independent astronomical research, with an emphasis on measuring precise masses of exoplanets or understanding their atmospheres.
3. Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research by, for example, preparing papers for publication in scientific journals, and preparing and presenting findings at scientific meetings, as required.
4. Support, as required, the development of proposals for research funding.
5. Support observations to collect data for different projects.
6. Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute.
7. Perform other scientific duties identified by the Supervisor such as:

        Contribute to the ongoing JWST and HST Programs by (a) leading the analysis of datasets, (b) refining data reduction and analysis pipelines, and (c) fitting theoretical exoplanet atmosphere models to the observations.
Contribute to the ongoing HARPS-N Collaboration Programs by (a) undertaking observations using the HARPS-N spectrograph in the Canary Islands, Spain, (b) leading the analysis of datasets to yield planet masses, and (c) planning follow-up observations to characterize their atmospheres.


Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: in one or a combination of astronomy, physics, mathematics, space science, or electronics. The course work must have included differential and integral calculus and 12 semester hours in astronomy and/or physics. OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 30 semester hours of courses equivalent to a major in any combination of astronomy, space science, physics, mathematics, and electronics, with required course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:

a) Master's or equivalent graduate degree;


b) 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 09 level that should demonstrate the ability to work with spectroscopic data and extract information from planetary systems based on transit fits.

c) A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience equivalent to the above.

Required Documents:  In order to receive consideration for this position, you must submit all of the following:

  • Detailed resume or CV (2 pages),
  • 1-page cover letter,
  • List of publications,
  • 3-page statement of interests and qualifications,
  • Contact information for three professional references,
  • School transcripts or degree certificate.
  • NOTE:  Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable, will be required prior to appointment.


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Conditions of Employment

  • Pre and Post background Investigation.
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Direct deposit/electronic funds transfer require for salary payment.

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