Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position in modelling the dynamical evolution of extrasolar planetary systems, at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Royal Observatory Edinburgh.
The Fellow will work with Dr. Ken Rice and will use theoretical models to investigate the origins and evolution of exoplanets. Of particular interest will be close-in exoplanets, those that are mis-aligned, and co-planar, multi-planet systems. However, the work will not be restricted solely to these topics and may also include considering directly imaged exoplanets and anything else related to planet formation and evolution. The project is part of the EATEARTH consortium, funded by an FP7-SPACE grant, and is associated with the HARPS-N consortium. Depending on the interests of the successful candidate, there may be opportunities to get involved in observing as part of the HARPS-N project. Experience with modelling the dynamical evolution of exoplanetary systems is not a requirement, but would be considered a plus.
The appointment will be for two years, with potential for a one year renewal, starting in Spring 2014, with flexibility on the start date. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Ken Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications from minorities and women are strongly encouraged. Applicants should supply a CV, bibliography, plus a research proposal of up to three pages.
Letters of recommendation from three referees should be sent directly by email to Dr. Rice by the closing date.
Applications must be made online using vacancy reference 026509 at www.jobs.ed.ac.uk.
Salary Scale: Grade 7 £30,728 − £36,661.