Open Positions



Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the chemical evolution of protoplanetary disks and primitive materials at the University of Chicago. The successful applicant will work directly with Professor Fred Ciesla and in collaboration with Professor Ted Bergin of the University of Michigan. The primary research tasks will focus on coupling the dynamical evolution of solids in protoplanetary disks with chemical evolution models to evaluate the histories of volatiles and organics during the early stages of planet formation.

More about this position

The position is supported through the “Earths in Other Solar Systems” program, a multi-institutional astrobiology research consortium, funded through NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Studies research initiative.

The successful applicant will be full member of the NExSS/EOS team and will participate in team meetings and collaborations.

Details on the EOS project can be found at the team’s website: Additional resources will be made available through the NSF INSPIRE program.   The work will be largely computational, requiring proficiency in numerical modeling.

A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary sciences is required by the date of employment.  The term of employment is initially for one year, but is renewable annually.  The position will be based at the University of Chicago with Fred Ciesla, but will involve regular travel to the University of Michigan for collaborations and training with Ted Bergin and his group.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for 3 people who are willing to provide recommendations in support of the application.  Materials should be sent by email to  Informal inquiries are welcomed.