Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Position Title: Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Physics on TESS
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Experimental Physics
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/07/01, finished 2017/09/25)
Position Description:    

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The MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) seeks a postdoctoral position in the area of experimental physics. The candidate will be expected to participate in laboratory development and testing work associated with the MIT-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which is scheduled for launch by NASA in 2017.

TESS is expected to discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. This first-ever space borne all-sky transit survey of the solar neighborhood will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances.

REQURIED: a Ph.D. in experimental physics or a related field, with demonstrated initiative and critical skills, as well as experience working in laboratory instrumentation. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate significant "hands on" ability with precision opto-mechanical, electronic, and vacuum assemblies. Tasks will include working both independently, and as a team member, in the calibration of cameras and detectors for the TESS instruments.

Qualified applicants should submit a CV, publications list and statement of research interests to this site and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is nominally Fall 2016.

Initial appointment is for two years, renewable for a third depending on performance and funding.

U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
MIT Kavli Institute
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139

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