The University of Warwick seeks to appoint a Research Fellow working on exoplanet detection and characterization using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
NGTS is an array of twelve telescopes situated at the ESO Paranal Observatory in Chile (the site of the Very Large Telescope, VLT). The NGTS telescopes are optimized for exoplanet transit observations, and they have recently been used to discover a sub-Neptune-sized planet that has the shallowest transits ever discovered from the ground. NGTS is also actively following up TESS Objects of Interest (TOIs).
The successful applicant will become a key member of the NGTS team, responsible for scheduling observations and operating the NGTS facility, as well as maintaining the telescope array and associated software. They will also carry out research on NGTS and TESS data with the goal of detecting new exoplanets and characterizing their fundamental physical properties.
The position is available immediately for a duration of at least 3 years. Salary will be in the range £30,395 - £39,609 per annum. It is expected that you hold (or will shortly be awarded) a PhD.
Applications must be made using the on-line application form. Further details and the on-line form can be found in the University of Warwick advertisement, linked below.
Informal enquires are welcome and should be directed to Prof Peter Wheatley, P.J.Wheatley@warwick.ac.uk.
Exoplanet research at Warwick is expanding rapidly following the recent appointment of six new faculty. We cover a wide range of exoplanet research including observations and theory, exoplanet detection and atmospheric characterization. We operate the SuperWASP, NGTS and GOTO telescopes, as well as our own 1m telescope on La Palma, and we have access to UK national facilities (including the VLT and other ESO telescopes). Members of the group hold leading positions in the European Space Agency PLATO mission, and we participate in the TESS Follow-up Observing Program (TFOP).