Postdoc position on exoplanet science

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Space Research Institute (IWF) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW)
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The institute invites applications for a three years postdoc position at the Space Research Institute (IWF, Graz; in Austria to join the exoplanet research group led by Dr. Luca Fossati.


The Space Research Institute is involved in about 20 missions led by most of the world main space agencies. The exoplanet group focuses on the characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres. The group, currently composed of the group leader and six postdocs, is highly international and fosters close collaborations among the team members. Furthermore, the group is heavily involved in the ESA/NASA exoplanet missions CHEOPS, PLATO, ARIEL, and CUTE.


The applicant must hold a PhD in Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics, or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the analysis of exoplanet photometric/spectroscopic transit observations. The successful applicant is expected to work on the analysis of CHEOPS data belonging to the Guaranteed Time Observing program. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to pursue independent research, possibly in line with the group's interests.

The primary goal of CHEOPS ( is detecting and precisely measuring transits of planets orbiting bright stars, most of them already known to host planets: the ideal sample for follow-up atmospheric characterisation observations. CHEOPS has been scheduled for launch between the 15th of October and the 14th of November 2019, with a 3.5 years nominal timespan for science operations.


The appointment begins not later than October 2019, and will be for three years, with a possible three years extension depending on performance and funding availability.

Salary will be Grade IV/2 (about 42,500 Euro per year, gross), according to the scale of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


A valid application must include 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publication list, 3) research statement (max 3 pages), 4) academic certificates, and 5) names of two persons willing to send letters of recommendation.

Applications should be sent via email to in a single PDF file. The closing date of applications is the 31st of March 2019.


The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and in particular invites women to apply.

For more information, contact Dr. Luca Fossati (


Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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Exoplanet postdoc position