The Exoplanets and Exoclimes Group (PI: Prof. Kevin Heng) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, is seeking dynamic and highly motivated individuals for Ph.D positions in the group. We specialize in the theory, simulation and phenomenology of exoplanet science. Our current focus is on the study of exoplanetary atmospheres and climates, dealing with atmospheric dynamics, radiation, chemistry and magnetic fields. The group is interdisciplinary by construction: the PI is an astrophysicist and we have an atmospheric scientist and a planetary scientist as postdocs. We collaborate actively with applied mathematicians and climate scientists at ETH Zurich, as well as several teams of astronomers. The University of Bern is home to the CHEOPS (Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite) mission of ESA, to be launched in 2017.
Our ideal Ph.D students are curious and multi-faceted and should aim to be comfortable with both pen-and-paper theory and computer programming. Interest and motivation are as sought after as technical competence. We are open to recruiting individuals with backgrounds in computer science, mathematics, atmospheric/climate/planetary science or astronomy/astrophysics. Depending on the details of your undergraduate education, you may need to first pursue a Masters degree at the University of Bern.
Interested individuals should arrange for a one-page CV, a one-page statement of interest and three letters of reference to be sent to kevin.heng 'at' csh.unibe.ch. In particular, the statement of interest should describe your background, why you wish to pursue a Ph.D, why you are interested in exoplanet science and what you hope to accomplish with your career.
The salary is set by standard and established guidelines of the University of Bern. Ph.D student salaries are considered to be very competitive even with the increased cost of living in Switzerland.