Postdoctoral Scholars, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Eberly College of Science
Astronomy and Astrophysics


The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for one or more postdoctoral positions. Successful applicants will work with CEHW faculty on theoretical, observational, and/or instrumentation projects and will be expected to pursue programs of their own initiative. Of particular interest are candidates who will work with Prof. Fabienne Bastien on stellar photometric variability, stellar magnetic activity, exoplanet detection and characterization, and/or the analysis of ground and space-based stellar light curves, with Prof. Suvrath Mahadevan and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder team on a near-infrared Doppler Radial Velocity Survey with the Hobby-Eberly telescope to detect low mass planets around M dwarfs, and/or with Prof. Eric Ford on modeling radial velocity observations in the presence of stellar activity. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field prior to the start date and a promising research record that demonstrates experience in stellar astrophysics and/or the detection and characterization of exoplanets. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, statement of research interests, a CV, list of publications, and names and contact information of three references. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Please reference job # in the email’s subject line. The position start date is flexible, but a fall 2017 start is preferred. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by January 15, 2017 will receive full consideration, but the search will continue until the position(s) are filled. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088