The Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences invites applications for a postdoctoral position related to observations of extrasolar planets. The institute, located in Graz (Austria), understands itself as the hub of space-related activities in Austria, participating in numerous space missions, including the upcoming exoplanet missions CHEOPS, CUTE and PLATO. It has recently established an observationally oriented research group dedicated to exoplanet characterization in the framework of these space missions and is also home to a theoretically oriented research group dedicated to the modeling of upper planetary atmospheres.
The successful candidate will work with Dr Monika Lendl on the preparation and exploitation of the CHEOPS space mission. The research, funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), will relate to the optimization of data analysis methods for high-precision photometry, with particular regard to the interpretation of data in the presence of astrophysical and instrumental noise sources.
The applicant must hold a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in statistical methods for data analysis. Experience related to the analysis of time-series photometry and its applications to extrasolar planets is an asset, but also candidates with a background on variable stars are encouraged to apply.
The appointment begins September 2017, and will be for two years. Salary will be Grade IV/2 according to the scale of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (41,582.80 Euro per year).
Applications should include 1) curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications, 3) statement of applicant's past and current research experience (max 2 pages), 4) academic certificates, and two letters of reference should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Applications should be sent electronically via email to email@example.com in a single PDF file. The closing date of applications is 1 July 2017.
The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.
For more information contact Dr Monika Lendl ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).