Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Astronomy

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-15-2017

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia invites applications for three or more Postdoctoral Research Associate positions as part of the new interdisciplinary Virginia Initiative on Cosmic Origins (VICO).

The incumbents will lead an ambitious, independent research program related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at the University of Virginia, as well as at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory on the grounds of the University. The relevant themes include star formation, planet formation and evolution, planetary science, astrochemistry and astrobiology, from both theoretical and observational perspectives. See for more information.

The Postdoctoral Research Associates will participate in departmental activities and promote collaboration both within VICO and with its partner institutes, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and the Center for Astrochemical Studies at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Garching, Germany.

There are three types of research programs: 1) Virginia Cosmic Origins Program; (2) Virginia-Chalmers Cosmic Origins Program; (3) Virginia-MPE Cosmic Origins Program. Applicants should indicate in their cover letter if they have preferences among these research programs.

These positions are initially a one-year appointment, with renewal for an additional two one-year increments for the Virginia position, contingent upon satisfactory performance, and an additional three one-year increments for the Virginia-Chalmers and Virginia-MPE positions, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the approval of the Vice President of Research.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology or related disciplines by the appointment start date.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA(, search on posting number 0622344 . Electronically attach as a single PDF document as "Other 1": cover letter; curriculum vitae; list of publications; summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages, including references); research proposal (limited to 3 pages text plus up to 2 pages of references/figures). Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted to

A competitive salary and benefits package is offered at University of Virginia. The positions also include travel funds and opportunities for dissemination, networking, and international collaboration.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants may conduct informational interviews at the AAS Winter Meeting. Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Eric Herbst (, Zhi-Yun Li ( or Jonathan Tan (

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Barbara K. Johnson, 434-924-5070,

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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