Now is a great time to study exoplanets at the University of Michigan! We are pleased to announce that the University of Michigan is an approved Host Institution for the 51 Peg b Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Applications are due October 2, 2020.
The University of Michigan is home to several research groups focused on planet formation, exoplanet science, and solar system exploration, utilizing theoretical, numerical, and observational methods, including the development of novel instrumentation. Potential faculty hosts include Fred Adams, Ted Bergin, Nuria Calvet, Lia Corrales, Elena Gallo, Lee Hartmann, Michael Meyer, John Monnier, Emily Rauscher, as well as others.
The University of Michigan hosts a vibrant astrophysics research community within the Departments of Astronomy and Physics, as well as significant expertise in planetary sciences within the Earth & Environmental Sciences and Climate & Space Sciences Departments. We have a particular strength in the interrelated study of stars, planets, and their formation. Postdoctoral researchers in our department can apply as PI to any of our telescope facility partnerships, currently including the Magellan Telescopes in Chile, the MDM Observatory in Arizona, the CHARA Interferometer, the SWIFT space telescope, and the NOEMA mm array. Significant computing resources are available through the Department and through the University of Michigan. The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics funds cross-disciplinary efforts, including a series of intellectually stimulating conferences, and conversations on inclusion and equity, while the Michigan Institute for Data Science advances cross-cutting data science methodology and applications relevant to solving fundamental research problems in planetary science.
The University of Michigan is recognized as a top academic employer and Ann Arbor, Michigan is routinely celebrated for its high quality of life. We are a department that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to scientific excellence and encourage applications from those with identities underrepresented in astronomy.
Please share this information with potentially interested persons, and please contact individual members of the scientific staff to learn more about research opportunities in planetary science. We are happy to discuss your proposal with you and offer insights that may be helpful from a University-of-Michigan perspective.