Postdoctoral Associate, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Massachusetts, United States
30 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Functional Area: Research - Scientific
Department: Kavli Inst for Astrophysics & Space Rsrch
School Area: Science
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEKavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research (2 positions), to carry out independent and collaborative research programs in high-energy astrophysics, with broad emphasis on black hole accretion. Will join the group led by Professor Erin Kara and spend up to half of the time on one’s own research program. MKI is home to a large and vibrant astrophysics research community, including twenty faculty and forty long-term research scientists. MIT researchers are actively involved in Chandra, NICER, LIGO, TESS and future missions, such as XRISM and Athena.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or closely related field and a background in high-energy astrophysics. Experience in spectral-timing analysis, high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy, or time domain astronomy would be valued assets.

Prospective applicants may contact Professor Erin Kara ( with questions or further information about the position.

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV (including a list of publications), and statement of research (3-4 pages, including a summary of past/current research and future plans) to Thea Paneth at Please also identify three references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.

The appointment will be processed in one year increments and initially funded for two years with further one-year extensions contingent upon performance and availability of funding. It is expected that the appointment will commence in the summer or fall of 2020 (start date is negotiable). 

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.

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