Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanets:The Postdoctoral Research Assistants will work with Prof Jayne Birkby’s exoplanet group at Oxford, which specializes in the observation and modeling of exoplanet atmospheres. The postholders will lead studies and coordinate in close collaboration with the vibrant, dynamic and cohesive team of researchers in Prof Birkby’s group. They will also be immersed within the broader thriving Oxford exoplanet group that spans both the Astrophysics and the world-renowned climate modelling groups in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Science sub-departments. The postholders will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects in support of the goals of the posts and will be encouraged to attend weekly journal clubs and seminars and to become involved in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate research projects.
Designation: Three positions available
Research Area: Exoplanet atmospheres, planetary physics, formation and evolution, diversity of terrestrial exoplanets, biosignatures, observational techniques, modelling, simulations, and instrument design.
Location: Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble road, Oxford
Eligibility/Qualification: Applicants should hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Geoscience, Physics, or a closely related discipline. Candidates close to obtaining their qualification must have submitted their thesis before taking up the post.
The three available posts are:
Post 1 – Direct Imaging theme: The post will build on the group’s work to study exoplanet variability by simulating, modelling, or observing high cadence, (spectro-)photometric monitoring of directly imaged planets. Ultimately, the technique will be used to create maps of exoplanets with the ELTs, and search for their exomoons. This post is supported by a European Research Council Grant.
Post 2 – Lava Worlds theme: The post particularly seeks to investigate, via simulation, theory, or observations, the physical and chemical processes of ultra-short period rocky exoplanets i.e., lava worlds. The post will investigate the observability of these processes and how to best obtain and interpret lava world observations. This post is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Grant.
Post 3 – High Resolution Spectroscopy (HRS) theme: This post will focus on exoplanet spectroscopy, either thermal emission, reflection, or transmission, to further understand exoplanet climate and origins, and the potential for searching for biosignatures with the ELTs. This post is supported by a European Research Council Grant.
How to Apply: Candidates should apply online through the application website, and submit a brief statement of research interests, CV, and details of two referees. Candidates should also state in their supporting statement which post(s) they are interested in. Referees should send references to Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date.
Last Date for Apply: Only applications received before midday 10th May 2023 can be considered.
Pay Scale: STANDARD GRADE 7
Salary (£): Grade 7: £34,308 – £42,155 per annum
Contact Person: HR Team
Vacancy ID: 164728
Contact Email: email@example.com
|Designation:||Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanets|
|Research Area:||Exoplanet atmospheres and planetary physics, formation, and evolution|
|Location:||Department of Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble road, Oxford|
|Eligibility/Qualification:||PhD/DPhil in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Geoscience, Physics, or a closely related discipline|
|Job Description:||Conduct research in one of three themes related to exoplanet exploration and collaborate with Prof Jayne Birkby’s exoplanet group and Oxford exoplanet group|
|How to Apply:||Apply online with a brief statement of research interests, CV, and details of two referees; arrange for referees to send references to Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Last Date for Apply:||10-May-2023 12:00|
|Contact Person:||HR Team|
|Salary (£):||Grade 7: £34,308 – £42,155 per annum|