PhD position for planet formation in binary star systems

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Archive Date: 
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Geneva
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
Job Announcement Text: 

Applications are invited for a PhD student position at the University of Geneva (Geneva Observatory) to work under the supervision of Dr. Julia Venturini and Prof. Emeline Bolmont on the modeling of planet formation in binary star systems. The successful applicant is expected to co-develop a numerical code to simulate the accretion and orbital evolution of forming planets around binary stars. This project aims at investigating how the processes of planet formation, rather well known in the case of single star systems, change due to the presence of a stellar companion. The number of planets detected in binaries and the lack of tools to study these systems makes this question very relevant in the community.

The University of Geneva is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its workplace, and we specially encourage the application of women.

Start date: Preferentially no later than April 1st, 2023 (but a delay of a couple of months can be discussed).

Duration: 4 years.

Salary: ~48,000 CHF/year gross salary.

Requirements: A MSc degree in astrophysics, planetary sciences or related fields.

Proficiency in Python and Fortran programming, and background on dynamics of planetary systems are considered as a plus. 

The following application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to [email protected]:

• A motivation letter including contact details, information on skills and previous experience, and the names of 2 references/referees (max. 2 pages).

• A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), including a list of publications (if applicable).

• Academic transcripts of master and bachelor grades.

Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Venturini by the referees themselves, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the letters are sent on due date.

Full job ad description at: PhD planet formation in binaries

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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University of Geneva
Department Name: 
Department of Astronomy
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Dr. Julia Venturini