Postdoctoral Research Associate

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

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 anslysis 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.


Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with data reduction and analysis, high resolution spectroscopy, multi-object spectroscopy and observational studies of the ISM and/or exoplanets.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Apply through the Wesleyan Online Career Opportunities site at https://careers.wesleyan.edu. The following documents are required (submitted electronically): (1) Cover letter, (2) Current curriculum vitae with publication list, and (3) Statement of research experience and interests. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to sredfield@wesleyan.edu by the due date. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications received by 15 December 2020 will be given full consideration.


Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.



Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, awilliams@wesleyan.edu.

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