TESS-ULTRASAT Joint Postdoctoral Fellow

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The MIT Kavli Institute (MKI) for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) invite highly qualified candidates to apply for the 3-year joint TESS-ULTRASAT Postdoctoral Fellowship. The TESS-ULTRASAT Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct independent research focused on either stellar or transient astrophysics with relation to the TESS and ULTRASAT space missions.

The fellow will have full access to all the resources available at WIS or MIT, depending on location, including at WIS the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) and its ZTF successor, the ULTRASAT UV space mission, MMT 6.5m, NTT 3.6m/SOXS, the Large Array Survey Telescope (LAST), and the under-construction MAST and PAST facilities, and at MIT the 6.5m Magellan Telescopes, the WINTER 1-meter optical/IR survey telescope, and all facilities accessible to the US community (e.g., through NOIRLab and NASA Keck Time). Both WIS and MIT provide extensive computational facilities.

The fellow will collaborate with members of the TESS team at MIT (George Ricker, Avi Shporer), and members of the ULTRASAT team at WIS (Eli Waxman, Avishay Gal-Yam, Eran Ofek, Sagi Ben-Ami, Yossi Shvartzvald).

Candidates should submit the application materials through Academic Jobs Online including CV, publication list, research statement that includes a summary of previous achievements (up to 4 pages), research proposal (up to 3 pages), and three reference letters. Only web submissions will be accepted. Applications submitted by December 29, 2023, will receive full consideration.

The Weizmann Institute Campus is located in Rehovot, a short distance from Tel Aviv, and offers excellent conditions for research in an international setting, and strong focus on research excellence.

The TESS team at MIT is part of the MKI, situated on MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. MKI scientists routinely interact with members of the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Department of Physics, MIT LIGO Lab, and MIT Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFA).

Required: Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field at the time of appointment, and ability to carry out an independent research program and work collaboratively with other members of the TESS and ULTRASAT communities.

The fellow is expected to be in each of the two institutes, WIS and MIT, approximately half the time, and spend at least 4 months per year, on average, in each institute.

Non-U.S. nationals who are offered this postdoctoral fellowship must be eligible for appropriate non-immigrant status, such as J-1, F-1 OPT / STEM, or hold other employment authorization (EAD), for the duration of the fellowship appointment. Please note that MIT will not process H-1B and E-3 employment-based, non-immigrant visa sponsorship applications for this fellowship.

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. Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check, including verifying any finding of misconduct (or pending investigation) from prior employers.

Application Details

Publication Start Date
2023 Oct 24
Application Deadline
2023 Dec 29


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