The Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern is an inter-disciplinary entity founded to study exoplanets and the Solar System. It encompasses research groups in the atmospheric, climate and planetary sciences, as well as astrophysics/astronomy. It is home to the CHEOPS mission, the first S-class mission of ESA dedicated to measuring space-based transits of exoplanets.
We are inviting applications for a 2-year, postdoctoral position to work primarily with the research groups of Profs. Yann Alibert (planet formation) and Kevin Heng (exoplanetary atmospheres/climates). The successful candidate will combine population synthesis models with principles of climate stability to predict the formation and evolution of exoplanets and their atmospheres. These calculations will be used to construct mass-radius diagrams relevant to the science of CHEOPS, as well as to guide general circulation models (GCMs) for further investigations. The candidate will also interact with the groups of PD Drs. Klemens Hocke (atmospheric science) and Christoph Raible (climate science). We expect the successful candidate to contribute to the intellectual life of the CSH via seminars/colloquia, research lunches and journal clubs.
The starting date is in early 2014 or by mutual agreement. The salary is typically between 80,000 and 90,000 USD, depending upon experience and according to standard Swiss guidelines. The application should include a 2-page CV, a publication list and a 2-page statement of past, present and future research interests, as well as 3 letters of reference. Please submit your applications to both Yann Alibert (yann.alibert 'at' space.unibe.ch) and Kevin Heng (kevin.heng 'at' csh.unibe.ch).
Benefits and salary scale are according to standard guidelines by the University of Bern and are considered competitive even with the higher cost of living in Switzerland.