The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work in collaboration with Seth Redfield primarily on UV/optical/infrared spectra of the interstellar medium and/or transiting exoplanets. Projects may include measuring and modeling the fundamental properties of the interstellar medium amongst the nearest stars and/or characterizing the atmospheres and circumplanetary environments of exoplanets. The data sources are rich, high-resolution spectra from a variety of ground-based and space-based facilities, spanning the UV, optical, and infrared. The precise research direction will be determined in collaboration with the Postdoctoral Research Associate. Wesleyan’s Planetary Science Group includes faculty and postdocs from several departments. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be encouraged to interact with other faculty and to carry out independent research with full access to observational facilities available. Responsibilities include: • Data reduction and analysis of existing projects • Preparation and design of proposals for new collaborative projects • Manuscript preparation and publication • Engagement with research group, including graduate and undergraduate students Wesleyan University, located between New York City and Boston, has a small and active astronomy program which emphasizes involvement of undergraduate and M.A. students in research. The Postdoctoral Research Associate would also have the opportunity, if desired, to develop educational skills through mentoring students in research and possibly teaching. This is a grant-funded position and funding has been approved for 2 years with the possibility of 1 additional year contingent upon mutual agreement and continued funding. Anticipated start date is in the Fall of 2021.
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