The University of Warwick seeks to appoint a motivated and driven Research Fellow within the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group. The appointment will be for 2 years and funding is available for a start between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 (a later starting date can also be negotiated). Applications for a part-time position will be considered.
The successful candidate will work with Dr Matteo Brogi on the project “Studying the atmospheres of TESS planets at high spectral resolution”, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The post can flexibly focus on a number of relevant topics in high resolution spectroscopy, including data analysis, cross-correlation, and modelling of atmospheres. In addition, 25% of the post will be devoted to collaborating with Dr Heather Cegla and studying the effects of stellar variability on the measured spectra of exoplanets.
The project will rely on infrared spectroscopy obtained at a range of ground-based telescopes (VLT, CAHA3.5, TNG, Gemini-S), through guaranteed, open-access time, and large programs with US collaborators. The successful applicant will be playing a key role in the analysis, modelling, and interpretation of these observations. There is one post available and it may be focused on observational skills or on modelling. For a post focussed on observational skills, the post-holder will apply data-processing techniques to remove the contamination of the Earth, cross-correlate with model spectra, and perform model discrimination via Bayesian analysis. For a post focussed on modelling, the post-holder will calculate spectra of planetary atmospheres ranging from giants to super-Earths, and from ultra-hot (>2,500 K) to cooler (sub-1000 K) objects. They will subsequently integrate their modelling into Bayesian retrieval techniques. The post is flexible and can be adapted to any combination of the above skills.
An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this post, along with a CV including publication metrics, a concise research statement and a statement about Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
The Astrophysics group at Warwick is one of the UKs leading exoplanet research groups, and provides an excellent environment for a motivated Research Fellow to further their scientific career. At the University of Warwick, we strongly value equity, diversity and inclusion, and the Physics Department will provide a healthy working environment, dedicated to outstanding scientific guidance, mentorship and personal development. We are committed to individuals with care giving duties and can offer flexible working hours. Applications for a part-time position will be considered.