Research Associate in Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Cornell University Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science
United States

Research Associate

Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS)

The Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CCAPS) expects to have an opening for a Research Associate in observational and analytical studies of extra-solar planets and related topics such as sub-stellar objects and planet formation starting in Spring 2021. The position requires a Ph.D Astronomy or Astrophysics. 

Prof. Jayawardhana’s research group currently includes two postdocs and two graduate students. Spectroscopic and photometric characterization of exoplanets is of particular interest to the group.

Group members lead a recently accepted Large Program at the Gemini Observatory focused on high-resolution spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres. The program plans to observe 50+ targets, spanning a range of properties, over the next three years. Prof. Jayawardhana is also on the JWST/NIRISS science team, with ~200 hours of GTO dedicated to exoplanet characterization. In addition, team members 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 January-September 2021.

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 ( 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, 2020 will receive full consideration. Early expressions of interest and inquiries are encouraged, and should be made to Candidates interested in applying for a Klarman Fellowship ( at Cornell, or bringing other independent fellowships to Cornell, are also encouraged to contact Prof. Jayawardhana.

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