Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Archive Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Physics Department
Street Line 2: 
Stocker Road
City: 
Exeter
State/Province: 
Devon
Zip/Postal: 
EX4 4QL
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The Astrophysics Group withing the University of Exeter is recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow focussing on the spectroscopic and photometric analysis and modelling of the atmospheres of directly-imaged planets and substellar objects. The position is funded for 36 months by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and can begin as soon as April 2021, but a starting date later than this may be possible.  

The post will coincide with the arrival of an ensemble of data, comprising totally novel imaging and spectroscopy of directly imaged planets, from our Early Release Science (ERS) Programme with James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Sasha Hinkley (PI for the JWST ERS Programme) as well as Dr Eric Hebrard, and will have the opportunity to benefit from the first-ever direct measurements of exoplanet spectroscopy and photometry from 1 to 28 microns, and potentially to create a new suite of atmospheric models customised for directly imaged planets by leveraging the atmospheric modelling expertise already in place at Exeter. In addition, the postdoc will also have flexibility to pursue their own scientific programmes.  Importantly, we also welcome applicants with expertise in either data processing and analysis for exoplanet direct imaging and spectroscopy, and/or experience comparing/fitting theoretical models to such data.  

Please note that the application due date has been extended to 08 February 2021.  In addition to the CV and cover letter you are asked to upload, please also attach the following:

  1. A one-page statement of research interests.
  2. The names of two referees that can be contacted in case of shortlisting.

The Exeter Astrophysics Group, a vibrant community of ~20 faculty and ~40 postdocs and PhD students, has numerous leading efforts related to multi-dimensional modelling of exoplanet atmospheres (e.g. exoclimatology.com), as well as observational efforts at VLT (SPHERE, ERIS, GRAVITY), the W.M Keck Observatory, and the upcoming ELT-METIS instrument.  In addition, the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences holds both Athena Swan Silver and IOP Juno Champion status and is committed to maintaining standards of inclusivity.   

 

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$48998.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$48998.00 (USD)
Compensation Notes: 
The starting salary will be from £35,845 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Included Benefits: 

Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable). The UK benefits from Universal medical and dental coverage automatically provided by the National Health Service.  

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, February 22, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Sasha Hinkley
Title: 
Associate Professor
Institution/Company: 
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Physics Building
Street Line 2: 
Stocker Road
City: 
Exeter
State/Province: 
Devon
Zip/Postal Code: 
EX4 4QL
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 
+44 1392725522
Email: 
S.Hinkley@exeter.ac.uk
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
P75227
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Sasha Hinkley
Email: 
S.Hinkley@exeter.ac.uk