Postdoctoral positions in Planet Formation (ERC PROTOPLANETS)

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Publish Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2023
Archive Date: 
Friday, December 22, 2023
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Observatory of the Côte d’Azur, Nice (France); Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg (Germany)
Nice, France; Heidelberg, Germany
Job Announcement Text: 

We are offering post-doctoral positions on observational or theoretical studies in planet formation.

The postdoctoral researchers will join the research group PROTOPLANETS (, led by Myriam Benisty, and funded by the European Research Council.

The group research focuses on understanding the processes of protoplanetary disk evolution as well as on the search for and characterization of protoplanets in disks. The postdoctoral researchers are expected to lead observational or theoretical studies related to state-of-the-art, multi-wavelength observations of protoplanetary disks and planets (with e.g., VLT(I), ALMA, JWST). They will be involved in large international collaborations working on infrared and sub-millimeter observational programs. The postdoctoral researchers will also be encouraged to develop independent research programs.

The postdoctoral research will be done in close collaboration with three institutes: the Institute for Planetary sciences and Astrophysics of Grenoble (France), the Côte d’Azur Observatory (Nice, France) and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Heidelberg, Germany). All three institutes host theoretical and observational research groups working on planet formation, and are involved in cutting-edge instrumental developments for the VLT and ELT, providing a dynamic and competitive research environment.

A PhD in astronomy or related field is required. Previous experience in either observational astronomy or theoretical studies in planet formation would be appreciated. The positions are for 3 years, the last year pending successful collaboration within the research group. Starting date is flexible. Remuneration depends on experience and includes full benefits.

We consider diversity as an asset within our team, and welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Candidates should send to [email protected] a single pdf file including a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a brief (max 3 pages) statement of past and future research interests. Contact details of three referees should be provided in the CV. Reference letters will be requested for short-listed candidates.

Inquiries about the positions should be sent to the same address. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 22, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Current Status of Position: 
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