PhD Positions in exoplanets direct imaging

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Archive Date: 
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Bern
Department Name: 
Division of Space and Planetary Sciences
Street Line 1: 
Sidlerstrasse 5
Job Announcement Text: 

Two PhD positions are currently available in the new Laboratory of Exoplanets Imaging and Adaptive Optics (LEIAO) of the University of Bern. The successful candidates will work and/or exploit novel instrumentation techniques for exoplanets high-contrast imaging. They will be fully integrated within the vibrant Bernese space and planetary sciences environment, and the Swiss research network on exoplanets (

The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its workplace, and applications from under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged.

Start dates: (can be slightly shifted upon request, within reason)

- PhD 1 (instrumentation-oriented, see full job ad): April 1st, 2023

- PhD 2 (observations-oriented, see full job ad): September 1st, 2023

Duration: 4-years

Salary: Starting at 47,000 CHF/year gross salary, with 5-week paid holidays per year. Childcare allowance is available.

Requirements: A MSc (or equivalent) degree in Physics, Astrophysics or Engineering (see links above).

Prior experience in astronomical instrumentation, signal processing, Python programming or benchtop optics is a plus.

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

  • Motivation letter (max. 2 p.) incl. contact details, information on skills and previous experience, and names of 2 referees
  • CV (max. 2 p.)
  • Academic transcripts of MSc and/or BSc grades

2 letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Prof. Kuhn by the referees themselves.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$47000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Jonas Kuhn
University of Bern
Department Name: 
Division of Space and Planetary Sciences
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Prof. J. Kuhn