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Postdoctoral Scholar, Exoplanet Habitability

Application Window

Open date: December 7th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Jan 29, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Shields Center for Exoplanet Climate and Interdisciplinary Education at UC Irvine invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in exoplanet climate and habitability. The postdoctoral researcher will work with Prof. Aomawa Shields at UCI on climate modeling studies of potentially habitable exoplanets, including systems discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and other space- and ground-based observatories. Desirable qualifications include experience with computer modeling; a research background in atmospheric or planetary science; strong written and oral communication skills; and an ability to work well in a collaborative environment. The applicant should have expertise in Unix operating systems, and IDL, Matlab, or Python programming languages. Database management experience is a plus.

The appointment can begin in summer 2021, with a negotiable starting date. The initial appointment will be for one year, with a possibility of extension to longer terms contingent upon availability of funds and successful performance. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrobiology, physics, or one of the earth science disciplines prior to beginning the appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Application instructions:
Interested candidates should apply online at the UC Irvine’s online application system, RECRUIT, located at [].

Candidates must submit in pdf format:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research statement
  4. Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers). For general information about this position, please contact Prof. Aomawa Shields,

For full consideration, applications and reference letters should be received by Jan. 29, 2021. All application materials must be submitted through the UCI RECRUIT website system, RECRUIT, located at []. .

Information on postdoctoral appointments and resources at UC Irvine is available 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.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Job location

Irvine, CA