Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts, United States
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, to carry out independent and collaborative research programs in stellar astrophysics, with broad emphasis on star formation (e.g., the evolution of accreting low-mass stars with circumstellar disks) or on stellar winds and characteristics of high-mass stars.  Will contribute to one or more ongoing projects in these areas and to initiate new observational, archival, or theoretical programs in stellar astrophysics. Members of the group work primarily with Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating (HETG) spectra, but use a variety of data from Chandra X-ray imaging and spectroscopic instruments (high and low resolution) as well as X-ray, UV, optical, and infrared spectra from other ground and space-based observatories.  MIT is a member of the Magellan Telescope Consortium, which includes a budget for observing time.  The high energy astrophysics group also participates in the Chandra Guaranteed Time Observation Program for the HETG.  Will be encouraged to utilize these resources when pursuing research interests. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in astronomy or physics; initiative; and experience working in modern stellar astrophysics research, in particular star formation, stellar activity, or stellar winds.  Should be familiar with low- and high-resolution X-ray spectral analysis methods and the use of astrophysical plasma models and diagnostics or interested in including these techniques in own research projects.  To get a complete picture of star formation and related phenomena, interpretation of multiwavelength observations benefit from simulations and theory.  Will therefore consider applications from observers with experience in any waveband and from theorists, but should be willing to learn about and work with X-ray data.  Experience with spectral analysis at any wavelength is preferred.  
In addition to applying online via the MIT website with a CV and statement of research interests (3-4 page summary of recent work including ongoing projects), please also submit these items plus a publications list and statement of research interests to Dr. David Huenemoerder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room NE83-559, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; or to  Please also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same address/email.

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.