Research Associate in Extrasolar Planet Characterization Cornell University, Carl Sagan Institute United States

Research Associate - Extrasolar Planet Characterization


The Exoplanet team at the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University is seeking a Research Associate scholar to work on Characterization of exoplanets, from interior models, to Habitable Zone calculations in 1D and 3D, Mini to Super-Earth atmosphere with Earth-like and non-Earth like atmosphere composition models and the effect of life and extremophiles on the planet's atmosphere. This positions is part of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University, an interdisciplinary institute consisting of 27 faculty members from 12 departments, focused on the search for life inside and outside our own Solar System. The successful candidate will work primarily with Professor Lisa Kaltenegger, Founding Director of the Institute, TESS Science CO-I, and NIRISS Science team member. There is considerable latitude in the science program that can be pursued.


The position requires a Ph.D. and experience in Astronomy or a related field with a strong background in exoplanets; additional expertise with data analysis is preferred.


*The position is for one year, with the possible extension for two more year contingent upon funding and performance. The nominal starting date is spring 2018 and is negotiable.


Applicants should submit a CV (including list of publications) and a brief (1-3 pages) description of research interests, and a research proposal (1-3 pages) all in a single pdf file, to Ms. Lynda Sovocool at <>. (Please note "CSI Exoplanet Research Associate" in the subject heading.) They should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address (Please note the applicant's name in the subject heading). All materials should be received by Jan 30, 2018. Later applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


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