The Astronomy & Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick is seeking one ambitious post-doctoral researcher to work within the project “Evolved planetary systems: A unique window into the composition of other worlds”. The position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Grant. The proposed project will be centred on the analysis of white dwarfs exhibiting photospheric contamination from planetary debris. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to run model atmosphere codes, implement fitting techniques to measure photospheric abundances, discuss the results in the context of exo-planet formation and structure, and identify additional debris-accreting white dwarfs making use of Gaia and forthcoming spectroscopic surveys.
Candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a Ph.D. degree in astrophysics. Experience in Galactic astronomy, analyses of large surveys, stellar evolution, or model atmospheres, will be a strong advantage.
The position is available from 1 April 2018. An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this post (reference job number 80750-087, see the URL below). Applicants should also submit a signed covering letter with a concise description of their research accomplishments & interests and relevant technical experience, as well as a CV including a full publication list. Support letters are not requested at this stage but you should mention at least two references that we may contact during the selection process.
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