Postdoctoral Research Associate positions
The University of Virginia (UVA) invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associate positions as part of the interdisciplinary Virginia Initiative on Cosmic Origins (VICO).
The incumbents will lead ambitious, independent research programs related to Cosmic Origins science, expected to align with the wide range of research at UVA, as well as at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) on the grounds of the University. The relevant themes include star formation, planet formation and evolution, planetary science, astrochemistry, quantum chemistry and astrobiology, from both theoretical and observational perspectives. See www.cosmicorigins.space for more information.
The Postdoctoral Research Associates will participate in departmental activities and promote collaboration both within VICO and with its partner institutes, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and the Center for Astrochemical Studies at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE), Garching, Germany.
There are two types of research programs being advertised this year: 1) Virginia Cosmic Origins Program; (2) Virginia-Chalmers Cosmic Origins Program. Applicants should indicate in their cover letter if they have preferences among these research programs.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology or related disciplines by the appointment start date.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Virginia-Cosmic-Origins-Postdoctoral-Research-Associate_R0018893 and attach as a single PDF document a cover letter; curriculum vitae; list of publications; summary of previous and current research (limited to 3 pages, including references); research proposal (limited to 3 pages text plus up to 2 pages of references/figures). Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by December 15, 2020 to be considered. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment
All positions will start at UVA and are initially a one-year appointment, with renewal for an additional two one-year increments for the Virginia position, contingent upon satisfactory
performance and available funding, and an additional three one-year increments for the Virginia-Chalmers position, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding (Years 3 and 4 would be at Chalmers).
Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Eric Herbst (email@example.com), Jonathan Tan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ilse Cleeves (email@example.com), Rob Garrod (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Zhi-Yun Li (email@example.com).
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@Virginia.EDU.
A competitive salary and benefits package is offered at University of Virginia. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits. The positions also include travel funds and opportunities for dissemination, networking, and international collaboration.
Additional information about VICO can be found at http://cosmicorigins.space/
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.
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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.
Postdoctoral Position in Merged-Fast-Beams Astrochemical Studies
The Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (CAL) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (PdRS) in the group of Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin. The main goal of the project is to perform merged-fast-beams studies of deuterating reactions that form key molecules used to probe the properties of prestellar cores and protoplanetary disks.
The successful candidate will be appointed and based at Columbia. Appointments are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years contingent on the availability of funds and mutual satisfaction.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or the equivalent degree in Physics, Chemistry, Astrophysics, or a related field, with an emphasis in molecular physics. Desired laboratory skills include experience with ion sources, fast ion beams, ion optics, ultra-high vacuum techniques, infrared lasers, apparatus design and construction, single particle detectors and associated electronics, analog and digital signal processing, data reduction, and statistical and systematic error propagation. Desired computer skills include programming, multidimensional data analysis, LabView, 3D CAD, SIMION, Mathematica, or similar, Linux OS, and Windows OS.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in at least some of the areas listed above, a proven research ability, and evidence of future research potential. The candidate is expected to be able to work well independently and cooperatively with a team and to communicate the results of his/her research both orally and in writing. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are highly desirable. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dr. Savin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications) and statement of past research. In addition, they should arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the writers to Dr. Savin. Applications will be considered only after all of the requested material has been received. Applications and letters should be submitted by email to email@example.com. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.
Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran Employer. CAL values a diverse workforce and culture of inclusion, which are keys to attracting and engaging the brightest minds to further our record of scientific excellence and groundbreaking innovations. Applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.
PhD position in the Experimental Biophysics and Space Sciences group, Physics Department, Freie Universitat Berlin (Germany)
(Deadline extended 16/11/2020)
We offer a research assistant position in the “Experimental Biophysics and Space Sciences” group in the Physics Department of Freie Universität Berlin. The position is part of the project 'Finding Life', funded by the Freigeist program of the Volkswagen Foundation, and focuses on how we can potentially detect life on another planet. Within the framework of the project, it is planned to mimic exotic planetary and atmospheric conditions in the laboratory in order to study their impact on the stability of spectroscopic signatures of potential biomarkers and molecules, which are associated to life. The project is embedded in international collaborations with partner in Europe and the US, and it is linked to projects on an outside exposure platform on the International Space Station in order to investigate the molecular stability of biosignatures in space. We offer a creative and inspiring environment for experimental approaches and interesting research in the fields of planetary and biophysics, astrochemistry, planetary and space sciences. Moreover, we highly encourage the development of new ideas and projects and provide opportunities to do so.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the fields of biophysics, astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. A main task of the project is the design, planning and realisation of experiments for simulating planetary conditions in the laboratory; therefore, we envisage a significant portion of the time being spent working in the laboratory. The selected candidate will analyse, present (conferences) and publish (peer-reviewed literature) spectroscopic and mass-spectrometric data from the planetary simulations. Due to the international links and collaborations, it is required to plan, conduct and synchronise experiments with project partners, which will include interactions with the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC/ESA) and NASA Ames Research Center.
Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or related disciplines.
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