Cornell University, Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Position ID:Cornell-CCAPS-RA [#19567]
Position Title: Research Associate in Exoplanets and/or Sub-Stellar Objects
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Exoplanet Imaging
Appl Deadline: (posted 2021/09/14, listed until 2021/12/01)
Position Description:    

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position at Cornell University. The successful candidate will work with Professor Ray Jayawardhana and his collaborators on observational studies of extra-solar planets and/or sub-stellar objects. Candidates with expertise and interests in ground-based high-resolution exoplanet spectroscopy and/or low-resolution spectroscopy of exoplanets and planetary-mass brown dwarfs with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Group members lead the on-going ExoGemS Large Program at the Gemini Observatory targeting 40+ planets that span a wide range of properties. Prof. Jayawardhana is also a member of the JWST/NIRISS science team, with ~200 hours of GTO dedicated to exoplanet characterization. In addition, with Drs. Aleks Scholz and Koraljka Muzic, he co-leads a ~20-hour JWST/NIRISS GTO program focused on the lowest-mass free-floating sub-stellar objects. Group members also use data from TESS, Kepler, CHEOPS, Subaru, Keck, VLT, CFHT, and other major observatories.

The position is for two years, with extension to a third year possible, and comes with a competitive salary and funds for research expenses. Start date is flexible, ideally between April-September 2022.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a description of research interests and plans and a list of publications, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Lynda Sovocool (lmk3@cornell.edu). All materials should be submitted electronically to her e-mail address. Applications are accepted until the position is filled, and those received before December 1, 2021 will receive full consideration. Early expressions of interest and inquiries are encouraged, and should be made to rayjay@cornell.edu Candidates interested in applying for a Klarman Fellowship (https://as.cornell.edu/research/klarman-fellowships at Cornell, or bringing other independent fellowships to Cornell, are also encouraged to contact Prof. Jayawardhana.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.   Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.


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Contact: Lynda Sovocool, 607-255-4342, 607-255-3433 (fax)
Email: email
Postal Mail:
122 Science Drive
106 Space Science Building
Ithaca, New York 14853
Web Page: astro.cornell.edu

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