Postdoctoral Research Assistant in High Precision Radial Velocity Searches for Exoplanets (2 posts)

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Publish Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics (Astrophysics)
Street Line 1: 
Denys Wilkinson Building
Street Line 2: 
Keble Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal: 
OX1 3RH
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants (PDRAs) in radial velocity searches for exoplanets. This post is fixed-term for 4 years.

We are recruiting two PDRAs to work on the detection of exoplanets in the presence of stellar activity using the radial velocity method. These posts are part of a new 5-year project supported by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Professor Suzanne Aigrain.

The successful candidates will work with Professor Aigrain and other members of her group, on the ongoing development of novel methods to extract and model high-precision stellar radial velocities, and to disentangle between stellar activity and planetary signals. Using extensive archival datasets as a test-bed, we aim to refine these methods to the level where they enable us to detect habitable planets around nearby, Sun-like stars, then apply them to a major forthcoming survey, the Terra Hunting Experiment (THE), which is expected to begin in 2021.

Applicants should possess, or be close to obtaining a doctorate in astrophysics or a related field. Previous experience in the field of Gaussian process regression applied to stellar activity and/or exoplanet detection will be an advantage. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability to carry out specific research projects independently, while working constructively within a larger team. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Suzanne Aigrain (suzanne.aigrain@physics.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application. Referees should send reference letters direct to (leanne.odonnell@physics.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 18 March 2020 can be considered.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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HR Team
Institution/Company: 
University of Oxford
Department Name: 
Physics
Street Line 1: 
Clarendon Laboratory
Street Line 2: 
Parks Road
City: 
Oxford
State/Province: 
Oxfordshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
OX1 3PU
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Email: 
personnel@physics.ox.ac.uk
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
145316
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. Suzanne Aigrain
Subject: 
PDRA in Exoplanets
Email: 
suzanne.aigrain@physics.ox.ac.uk