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Two Postdoctoral Appointments in Observational Exoplanet Studies at the University of California, Irvine

Recruitment Period

Open September 4th, 2020 through Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by January 31st, 2021, you will have until February 8th, 2021 to complete your application.


Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research positions in observational exoplanet studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. The positions will start in Fall 2021 and will initially be for one year, but are expected to be extended for up to three years contingent on funding and annual progress evaluations.

The successful applicants will have access to world class telescopes and instruments through the UC Observatories. UCI postdoctoral scholars may apply for time at Lick Observatory as PI, and will have access to the Keck Observatory through their faculty sponsors.

One position will be under the supervision of Prof. Paul Robertson. Prof. Robertson’s research group seeks applicants with interest and experience in ultra-precise Doppler exoplanet science. In addition to UCO facilities, Robertson’s group has access to data from the new Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF) and NEID spectrometers.

One position will be to work with Prof. Steph Sallum on direct planet formation and evolution studies using integral field spectroscopy and interferometry. This may involve applying high contrast imaging techniques on existing instruments, and planning for exoplanet science with future instruments.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related discipline by Fall 2021. It is preferred that candidates also have experience in observational exoplanet science.

Applications received by December 1, 2020 will receive full consideration. Candidates should include with their application the following items:

Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement, not to exceed 5 pages in length

3-5 letters of recommendation

Statement of Contribution to Inclusive Excellence

Interested candidates should apply online at UCI’s online application system:

Informal inquiries may be directed to or

UCI Postdoctoral Scholars are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of California and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). More information may be found at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required