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Postdoctoral Researcher

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a postdoctoral researcher position in observational or theoretical stellar astrophysics, working in the group of Professor Ian Crossfield.

Starting Date: June, 2022 or as soon thereafter as the position can be filled (also negotiable).

Length of Appointment: Initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding.

General Duties: Research in stellar astrophysics. The successful candidate will contribute in several aspects of Prof. Crossfield’s ExoLab research program, in particular in the detailed characterization of stellar atmospheres. Depending on the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, this work will involve calculating model stellar spectra and stellar atmospheres, deriving physical parameters from observations, conducting and/or proposing for observations, and other work related to stellar spectra, stellar abundances, and/or Galactic chemical models.
Job DescriptionConduct research in observational and/or theoretical stellar astrophysics as part of Prof. Crossfield’s ExoLab research program, in particular in the detailed characterization of stellar atmospheres. Depending on the successful applicant’s strengths and interests, this work will involve calculating model stellar spectra and stellar atmospheres, deriving physical parameters from observations, conducting and/or proposing for observations, and other work related to stellar spectra, stellar abundances, and/or Galactic chemical models. This also entails participation in relevant facets of the group’s research endeavors ranging from data analysis, software development, publication preparation, grant proposal preparation, editorial work, presentation of results, outreach and career development, and travel as required for work duties.

Specific Job Duties (percentage of time)

75% Analysis of data, calculation of new models, and related work. Documentation, presentation and publication of research results.

25% Assist the faculty in guiding the group's graduate and undergraduate students, and with outreach and Broader Impact efforts.
Position RequirementsOn-site work required at University of Kansas Lawrence Campus; remote work may be possible as conditions require and will be decided between supervisor and hired candidate. Required QualificationsEvaluation of the required qualification and preferred qualification will be made through (1) records of accomplishments entered in CV, (2) description of research and education experience provided in the application materials, (3) references, and (4) publications as appropriate.
  1. A Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field by date of appointment

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6 months.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience and ability in data analysis of stellar spectra and/or related data products.
  2. Experience and ability with conducting, interpreting, and/or successfully proposing for astronomical observations.
  3. Experience in constructing model stellar atmospheres and/or stellar spectra, including spectral synthesis, curve-of-growth analysis, or related efforts.
  4. Experience in experimental techniques and software relevant to astrophysical observations.
  5. Good communication skills.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete on-line application includes: C.V., Cover Letter; Statement of Research Interests and Skills; and the contact details for at least two references.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified Contact Information to ApplicantsProfessor Ian Crossfield
[email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with education and experience Work ScheduleM-F 8-5 Application Review Begins15-Feb-2022 Anticipated Start Date11-Jun-2022


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