The Astrophysics group at University College London is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, to work on projects in evolved planetary systems and binaries. The position is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and will primarily focus on the Galactic origin, kinematics, and chemistry of planetary bodies that pollute the surfaces of white dwarf stars. The project will involve the analysis of large survey data such as SDSS and especially GAIA, as well as in-depth observations of smaller samples using Hubble, VLT, Spitzer, and possibly JWST. The broad aims include the characterization of planetary systems in a Galactic dynamical and chemical context, with a particular emphasis on terrestrial-like chemistry over the age of the Galaxy.
The successful applicant will have a PhD in Astrophysics, Planetary or Earth Sciences, and is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The researcher should be familiar with the observation of evolved planetary systems and be well versed in the reduction of photometric and spectroscopic data at multiple wavelengths. Previous experience with large survey data is advantageous.
The position is available from 1 April 2018, and a web application must be completed to be considered (reference job #1712064, using the URL below). Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter with a concise description of their research accomplishments and interests, relevant technical experience, as well as (2) a CV including a full publication list. Support letters are not requested at this stage, but at least two references should be given who may be contacted during the selection process.