The Institute of Astronomy (IoA) of the KU Leuven university (Belgium) is seeking a post-doctoral candidate for a project focusing on exoplanet atmosphere modelling and understanding the intricate host star - exoplanet interaction, both in terms of dynamics and chemistry. The ideal candidate has expertise in theoretical modelling and/or retrieval algorithms, to further develop in-house dynamical and chemistry exoplanet modelling tools and confront model observables with new exoplanet spectra obtained by JWST.
The candidate will join the research group of Prof. L. Decin (IoA, KU Leuven), in collaboration with dr. L. Carone (MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany) and dr. O. Venot (Université de Paris, France), and interacting closely with other staff members of IoA and departments of mathematics and chemistry.
A 1(+2)-year contract will be offered, with the additional 2-years awarded after positive evaluation. The salary will be commensurate to the standard scale for post-docs in Belgium and depend on years of experience after PhD. Foreseen starting date is between April 1st 2018 and January 1st 2019 but can be negotiated.
The candidate must have a PhD degree in astrophysics, (theoretical) physics or (applied) mathematics. The application package should be sent as one single PDF containing: (1) curriculum vitae with full publication list, (2) statement of interest (max. 2 pages), (3) summary of the research experience (max. 3 pages).
Applicants must provide names and contact details of two reference persons prepared to send confidential recommendation letters if requested. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview (live/Skype).
The appliction material should be sent by e-mail to Clio.Gielen@kuleuven.be with subject EXOPLANET- applicant_name, latest by February 15th 2018.
More information can be found on http://fys.kuleuven.be/ster/vacancies#exoplanet_postdoc