With the ongoing discovery of thousands of exoplanets, there is a growing need to develop a greater understanding of how planetary systems form and the potential for life on planets around other stars. An important part of this effort will involve comparative planetology between the planets in our solar system and characteristics observed in exoplanet systems. As a world leader in space science and the design, development, and operation of NASA-funded missions, APL is poised to make major contributions to exoplanet characterization through comparative planetology.
APL has begun a strategic initiative to develop a research and technology program for the characterization of exoplanets that leverages our role as a leading organization in solar system research through comparative planetology. As part of this strategic initiative, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in exoplanet characterization to provide critical expertise in this effort. The postdoctoral researcher will work with leading planetary science researchers, including experts in the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres to conduct research on exoplanet characterization and solar system comparative planetology. Additionally, the postdoctoral researcher will provide critical contributions to developing a science and technology roadmap for the APL exoplanets program, and will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to proposals for research and technology development. Publications and conference presentations of research results are an essential part of this work. Requested application materials include a current resume and a cover letter.
Conduct research on exoplanet detection/characterization
Contribute to planning and proposal development for the APL science and technology roadmap
Conduct independent research focused on remote sensing of solar system or extrasolar objects
You will meet our minimum qualifications if you have:
A Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science or closely related field
Experience in exoplanet observations, laboratory studies, and/or simulations for the purpose of exoplanet characterization
Excellent organizational and communication (written and spoken) skills
You will go above and beyond our minimum qualifications if you have:
Expertise with spectroscopy of planetary atmospheres
Experience with exoplanet atmospheric characterization
Experience with modeling atmospheric processes
Research funding of your own or as a co-investigator on an ongoing project
Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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