The Institute for Astronomy of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) Star and Planet Formation Research Group invites applications for new PhD positions related to i) the direct detection and characterization of extra-solar planets (with Prof. M.R. Meyer); ii) calibration and scientific exploitation of the ZIMPOL/SPHERE instrument to be commissioned in 2014 on the VLT (with Prof. H.M. Schmid); and iii) interdisciplinary research on planet formation theory utilizing astronomical, cosmochemical, and geophysical constraints (with Prof. M.R. Meyer).
Salaries for PhD students start at CHF 52’500. Students will have the opportunity to study experimental and theoretical aspects of astronomy through formal coursework, conducting research with local experts in planet formation and exoplanet science as well as our international network of collaborators, and utilize state-of-the-art facilities. Successful applicants are expected to have a Master of Science degree in Physics, Astronomy, or related discipline, and to have already participated in one (or more) research projects (preferably in astrophysics).
Switzerland is a member of ESO and ESA, and successful applicants will have full access to their facilities, including data from the GTO Program of the SPHERE Project. The Institute for Astronomy maintains a network of workstations, as well as a wide range of high performance computing options. Members of the Institute also play a leading role in the interdisciplinary PLANET-Z initiative linking research groups at the ETH Zurich in astronomy, earth science, and computational astrophysics at the University of Zurich. Qualified applicants will be able to explore research opportunities in the Laboratory for Astronomical Instrumentation.
Applications are invited from all nationalities and should consist of a CV (1-2 pages), description of relevant research experience (2 pages), academic transcripts, scores from relevant standardized tests (e.g. TOEFL, Physics GRE) a personal statement of interests and goals (1 page), and the names of three referees that can be contacted if necessary. Materials should be sent electronically in a single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and will continue until all positions are filled.