Leiden Observatory is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with the new VLT exoplanet imager SPHERE, and in particular its imaging polarimeter ZIMPOL. The postdoc will work with Christoph Keller and Matthew Kenworthy at Leiden University, Carsten Dominik at the University of Amsterdam, and members of the international SPHERE team to reduce observations beyond the standard pipeline, improve the high-contrast imaging performance, and provide SPHERE science support in the Netherlands.
Leiden Observatory is the oldest university astronomy department in the world and the largest astronomy department in the Netherlands. Research at the observatory spans a wide range of areas including cosmology, galaxies, star formation, exoplanets, computational astrophysics, and instrumentation.
The initial appointment will be for a period of 2.5 years with the potential to extend to 5 years, contingent upon continued funding. The position comes with full benefits and a competitive salary. A starting date of January 2014 is preferred. Successful candidates must have received their Ph.D. by the starting date.
Extensive experience with imaging observations is required. Experience with high-contrast observations and polarimetry are an advantage. Applications should be submitted electronically at http://jobs.strw.leidenuniv.nl/2013/SpherePD. The application review process will begin on April 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates will be requested to fill out a brief web form, upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests/experience, and provide the contact information of three referees who will submit reference letters.