Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Archive Date: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Helsinki
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is seeking an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to join the Planetary System Research Group. The successful candidate is expected to carry out research within the framework of a project entitled "Population-level constraints on asteroid interior structure and composition", funded by the Academy of Finland (PI: Mikael Granvik).

The aims of the project are to i) understand the mechanism leading to the destruction of near-Earth objects (NEOs) close to the Sun, ii) develop a state-of-the-art model of the near-Earth-object (NEO) population that accounts for the thermal and tidal disruption of NEOs, and iii) enable and prepare for solar system science with the European Space Agency's Euclid mission, currently planned to be launched in 2021.

Applicants should have a PhD in planetary science or a closely related field, and, preferably, experience with numerical modeling of asteroid orbital evolution and/or disruption of asteroids or asteroid constituents. In addition, good programming and data analysis skills and a demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team are considered highly advantageous.

The project includes collaboration with researchers in the United States, France, Sweden, and Canada, and provides ample funding for travel. The successful applicant will have access to the Finnish national supercomputing centre, enjoy a stimulating and international work environment, and is encouraged to develop a unique research profile within the framework set by the research project. The successful applicant will also assist in supervising a PhD student.

The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, extendable by one year based on satisfactory performance (2+1). The expected starting date is September 2019, but earlier dates are also possible. Applications should include a CV, publication list, and a statement (max. 3 pages) of research interests. This should include a summary of past research achievements and a statement of future plans. Electronic submission in pdf format to the email address provided is strongly preferred. The applicant should also arrange for three recommendation letters to be sent by the application deadline. Prior informal enquiries via email are most welcome.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$48000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$52000.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
Annual gross salary between €42,000 and €45,000 in accordance with Finnish university salary scales.
Included Benefits: 

Benefits include a comprehensive health insurance, 6 weeks of annual paid leave, generous parental leave, and state-subsidized childcare. International staff members may also receive housing assistance by the University of Helsinki.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 30, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, January 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Mikael Granvik
University of Helsinki
Department Name: 
Department of Physics
Street Line 1: 
Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a
Inquiries About Job
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Mikael Granvik
Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science