Post Doctoral Research Associate

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
The Open University
Department Name: 
School of Physical Sciences
Street Line 1: 
Walton Hall
City: 
Milton Keynes
State/Province: 
Buckinghamshire
Zip/Postal: 
MK7 6AA
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Fixed term contract for 24 months commencing 1 August 2018

PLATO is a European Space Agency mission which will detect terrestrial exoplanets and. provide key information to determine the habitability of these diverse new worlds. The Open University’s element, led by Dr Ulrich Kolb, considers the problem of astrophysical false positives that will contaminate the sample of exoplanet candidates delivered by PLATO and will prepare tools to inform the PLATO field and target selection so as to minimize the number of contaminants, and maximize information available for contaminant analysis of individual sources.

You will extend and enhance large-scale numerical simulations of a synthetic Galactic population of single stars, binary and multiple stellar systems, and their planetary systems, to match potential PLATO fields. You will engage with Gaia Data Release 2 to conduct a validation and calibration exercise, and to derive constraints on the statistics of stellar multiplicity and underlying physical mechanisms.

You will have a PhD in Astronomy or a related discipline and an understanding of the physical concepts and mechanisms underpinning single and binary star formation. You will also have coding experience in a compiled language (e.g. Fortran) and in Python, and will have a developing track record of peer-reviewed publications in international scientific journals. The ability to work as part of a scientific team and to communicate scientific information effectively are also essential.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$41016.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$53450.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Fiona McGavin
Title: 
Staffing Adviser
Institution/Company: 
The Open University
Department Name: 
Faculty Administration
Street Line 1: 
Walton Hall
City: 
Milton Keynes
State/Province: 
Buckinghamshire
Zip/Postal Code: 
MK7 6AA
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 
+44 (0) 1908 858110
Email: 
STEM-Recruitment@open.ac.uk
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Ulrich Kolb
Email: 
ulrich.kolb@open.ac.uk