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Requisition Number 16-0371
Post Date 1/24/2017
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate in Protoplanetary Disk Evolution
City Tucson
State AZ
Description The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

Summary of Position:
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate. The Research Associate will work with Drs. Joan Najita (NOAO) and Colette Salyk (Vassar College) on several investigations related to understanding how volatiles and organics are processed in protoplanetary disks and how these can be used as diagnostics of the planet formation status of disks. The investigations will involve the use of data to be obtained with ALMA, VLT, Gemini, and SOFIA, as well as archival data from Herschel and Spitzer and other data already in hand. The position is funded for a period of one year (with a possible extension to two years, dependent on funding) through a NASA grant to study “Earths in Other Solar Systems” (

Job Responsibilities:
Collaborative research, including the design and execution of observing programs, data reduction, analysis, and dissemination of results.

Applicants must have received a PhD in astrophysics (or a related discipline) before taking up the position. Expertise in protoplanetary disks, infrared spectroscopy, or disk chemistry is a plus.

The position is available from 1 September 2017, although the starting date is flexible.

Please direct informal inquiries to Dr. Joan Najita (

Applications received by 30 March 2017 will be given full consideration. Deadline to apply for this position: April 30, 2017.

To apply send a letter of interest, CV/resume, a list of publications and three professional references. Please include a telephone number where we may contact you during business hours between 8 AM – 3 PM. Please reference Job #16-0371 Postdoctoral Research Associate when applying. If you have any attachments, please save them with the following format: 16-0371_lastname_docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

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