Context: CHEOPS is an European Space Agency satellite for exoplanet characterization from high precision photometry. CHEOPS was launched on 12/2019, and is now fully operating (Benz et al. 2020). Researchers of the exoplanet group in Padova are members of the CHEOPS Science Team and responsible of scientific programs within the Guarantee Time Observation (GTO, 80% of CHEOPS observing time) for multiple observations of transits planned to identify Transit Time Variations, for mass measurement and discovery of new exoplanets. They are also involved in all other CHEOPS GTO science programs.
The post-doc will be inserted into the Europe-wide CHEOPS collaboration and will have the opportunity to contribute to the numerous CHEOPS scientific projects. The postdoc is expected to work on the CHEOPS light curves and additional data (from TESS and ground-based facilities) for the derivation of the exoplanet parameters.
Location: Padova offers a vibrant and scientifically stimulating environment, with more than 90 staff astronomers, working on many branches of modern astrophysics research. The University attracts students worldwide and the postdoc will have opportunities to supervise master and postdoc thesis.
The University of Padova is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
The exoplanet group in Padova includes researchers at the Physics and Astronomy Department and at the Astronomical Observatory of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), involved in exoplanet research from space (CHEOPS, JWST, PLATO, ARIEL) and ground-based (SPHERE, HARPS, ESPRESSO).
Requirements: The applicant shall have a PhD in Astrophysics or related fields. Applicants with expertise in high precision photometry from ground and space and light curve analysis and modeling are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 2 years (renewable).
Application: please follow instructions at http://www.dfa.unipd.it/fileadmin/Bandi/ASSEGNI/2021/Istruz_Compilaz_Dom...
Application deadline: February 11, 2021,14:00 CET