Post-Doctoral Associate in Astronomy

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16060000 - LS-ASTRONOMY

Classification Title:

Post-Doctoral Associate in Astronomy

Job Description:

A Post-doctoral Associate position is available to work on a project on the TOU high-resolution spectrograph and the DHARMA optical telescope with Dr. Jason Dittmann in the Department of Astronomy. This position is available immediately and is open until filled.

We have a position available in our group to work on the development and operation of a high-resolution optical spectrograph on Mt Lemmon in Arizona. We are looking for an individual familiar with the operation of high-resolution spectrographs and developing data pipelines associated with these instruments. This instrument aims to perform radial velocity measurements of exoplanet host star.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or Computer Science by the appointment date. This position will be initially awarded for one year, and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct and availability of funds, may be renewed for another year.

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Advertised Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or Computer Science

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in operation of high-resolution spectrographs and data reduction, radial velocities, and some experience in instrument would be preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a cover letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae including a list of publication, (3) a research statement (limited to 5 pages including figures, tables, and references), and (4) a list of three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation may be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. For additional information, you may address your specific questions to Dr. Jason Dittmann (

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Astronomy welcomes applicants who can contribute through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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