University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics

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Position ID:NotreDame-Physics-PDCHILCOTE [#23813]
Position Title: Postdoctoral scholar: high contrast direct imaging of extrasolar planets and/or instrumentation
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Astrophysics / Instrumentation/Observation/Experiment
Appl Deadline:2023/02/28 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/22, finished 2023/09/02, listed until 2023/02/28)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The University of Notre Dame, Department of Physics & Astronomy, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to work on high contrast direct imaging of exoplanets and/or IR instrumentation. Candidates with a background in optical & IR instrumentation, integral field spectroscopy and/or high contrast direct imaging science are highly encouraged to apply.

Depending upon the applicant’s interests, experience and qualifications, researchers may be involved with instrumentation projects or science programs at Notre Dame. Instrumentation projects are focused on the integration, testing, and commissioning of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI 2.0) being delivered to Gemini North in 2024 and developing instrument testbed projects at Notre Dame. Science programs include direct imaging observations and research using GPI, and/or direct imaging projects using the CHARIS integral field spectrograph. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Jeffrey Chilcote’s research group at Notre Dame. Prof. Chilcote’s group is involved in both the Gemini Planet Imager upgrade (GPI 2.0), the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey and the CHARIS integral field spectrograph located behind SCExAO at Subaru. 

Notre Dame astronomers use a variety of telescopes, including Keck Observatory and the Large Binocular Telescope. Qualifications include a PhD in physics, astronomy, or a related field, strong written and oral communication, and leadership qualities. The appointment is for two years, with a third-year contingent on performance and continued funding. Base salary will be commensurate with experience.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, a 3-page research statement, publication list and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please contact Prof. Jeffrey Chilcote with questions about the position. Applications received by January 3, 2023 will receive full consideration. Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

The University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Indiana, and provides a friendly environment and affordable cost of living. The successful applicant will receive health care and benefits through Notre Dame's employee program ( More information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame can be found at

The Department is committed to diversifying its faculty, and encourages applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

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225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556