The exoplanet team of the University of Geneva has an opening for a postdoctoral research position on exoplanet and brown dwarf imaging using extreme adaptive optics.
Following the remarkable discovery of the T8 brown dwarfs orbiting the planet host star HD4113, the characterisation of the L9 dwarf around HD4747 and the detection of a new T4 brown dwarf orbiting HD13724, the project aims at identifying and studying the physics of ultra-cool companions to nearby stars in the separation range of 10 to 100 AU. Such a challenging feat is possible thanks to :
- A unique sample of stars with promising massive giant exoplanets and low mass brown dwarf candidates derived from 22 years of precise radial velocity measurements with CORALIE and HARPS.
- Close to 5 year of astrometric measurements with GAIA to identify young and massive giant planets candidates.
- A unique sample of stars observed in the L-band with the ESO/NACO instrument in the context of the ISPY survey (NaCo Imaging Survey for Planets around Young stars).
Candidates must be familiar with our group's research and should aim to establish a research program within that context. Applicants are expected to have a strong experience in high contrast imaging with an excellent knowledge of data reduction, statistics applied to image processing and scientific programing in python.
The Department of Astronomy of the University of Geneva offers a modern and vibrant work environment, with a wide range of activities including theory, numerical simulations, observations and instrumental developments in the domains of exoplanets, stellar physics, galactic dynamics, observational cosmology and high-energy astrophysics. The exoplanet team is renowned for its strong involvement in exoplanet detection, the determination of the planet physical properties, the characterisation of exoplanetary atmospheres, and the development of world-class instrumentation such as HARPS, ESPRESSO and SPHERE. We are also co-leading the Swiss-wide National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, dedicated to the study of the origin, evolution, and characterisation of planets inside and outside our Solar System, providing the applicants with opportunities to develop collaborations with members of the large PlanetS community.
The duration of the postdoc contract is 2 years, with possible extension to a third year depending on available funds. The positions are funded by Swiss National Science Foundation with a gross salary around 80,000 CHF and are open for immediate start.
Interested candidates can contact and send their application to Dr. Damien Ségransan (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application should contain *in a singe pdf file*:
- a curriculum vitae;
- a publication list;
- a one page (max) motivation letter;
- a short research statement describing past achievements and future projects.
Applicants should arrange for up to two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. The deadline is March 1st, 2020 but applications will accepted until the positions are filled.