Post Doctoral Fellow, Exoplanets Researcher

With the ongoing discovery of thousands of exoplanets, thereis a growing need to develop a greater understanding of how planetary systemsform and the potential for life on planets around other stars. An importantpart of this effort will involve comparative planetology between the planets inour solar system and characteristics observed in exoplanet systems. As a worldleader in space science and the design, development, and operation ofNASA-funded missions, APL is poised to make major contributions to exoplanetcharacterization through comparative planetology.

APL has begun a strategic initiative to develop a researchand technology program for the characterization of exoplanets that leveragesour role as a leading organization in solar system research through comparativeplanetology. As part of this strategic initiative, we are looking for apostdoctoral researcher with experience in exoplanet characterization toprovide critical expertise in this effort. The postdoctoral researcherwill work with leading planetary science researchers, including experts in thecharacterization of exoplanet atmospheres to conduct research on exoplanetcharacterization and solar system comparative planetology. Additionally, thepostdoctoral researcher will provide critical contributions to developing ascience and technology roadmap for the APL exoplanets program, and will havethe opportunity to lead and contribute to proposals for research andtechnology development. Publications and conference presentations of researchresults 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 ifyou 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

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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