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Desired starting date: September 2018

NRC’s Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out Kuiper belt research with an emphasis on interpretation of ground and spacecraft data acquired for/by NASA’s New Horizons Kuiper Extended Mission (KEM). Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.

KEM is providing distant fly-by observations of about a dozen Kuiper belt objects over a large range of phase angles. KEM will conduct the first ever close encounter with a cold classical Kuiper belt object when it flies within 5000 km of 2014 MU69 on 1-Jan-2019. During its brief and tightly orchestrated encounter KEM will obtain extensive optical and infrared observation of the object’s surface. NRC scientists have been part of the KEM planning and a PDF working with NRC will have the opportunity to join the KEM science team to assist in the primary fly-by encounter mission as well as the monitoring of more distant KBOs from within the Kuiper belt. The successful candidate will work with Dr. JJ Kavelaars and his group, and will closely collaborate with other members of the Research Centre and KEM science team.

Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2015) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.

Please apply online at NRC Careers – Apply Here no later than 23:59 Eastern Time on 10 May 2018.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

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