Applications are now being accepted for multiple short-term postbaccalaureate research positions to support the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The position is funded through the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II.
Positions available with SEEC span a variety of research areas. Successful candidates will be chosen to work on one of the research areas listed below.
- Assist in developing a Python software framework to simulate spectroscopic exoplanet data acquired with a suite of novel instrument technologies. Previous experience data simulation or analysis is required.
- Assist in developing planet atmosphere retrieval algorithms to examine the scientific return from simulated and future data products. Results from these data simulations and analysis will facilitate design trade studies to inform technology investments and laboratory demonstrations. Previous experience in modeling or analyzing planetary atmospheres is required.
- Perform either 3-D climate model simulations of exoplanet atmospheres, in order to produce observables for missions like JWST and ground-based telescopes like ELTs, and/or modify a 1-D photochemistry code to apply for terrestrial and Neptune-like planets and generate observables like transit and reflection spectra. Previous experience in modeling or analyzing planetary atmospheres is required.
- Assist in laboratory measurements of high-temperature gas-phase species and low-temperature ices, in order to determine optical properties and improve spectral modeling tools. Previous laboratory classwork, either in chemistry or physics, is required. Technical experience with vacuum systems and FTS/FTIR would be a major advantage.
Applications received by April 9, 2020 will receive best consideration. Start date by April-June 2020 preferred.
The full job posting can be found at the following link: https://cresst2.umd.edu/opportunities/SEEC%20Post-Baccalaureate%20Research%20Assistant%20Position.pdf